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Callout to quad bike rollover

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Kaha Medical Centre at 12:30pm on Wednesday 1 February, where three females on a quad bike rolled over near the small settlement of Omaio.

Two of the females received serious arm and chest injuries that required immediate hospital care.

They were stabilised by St John Paramedics and Te Kaha Medical Centre doctors before being flown to Whakatane Hospital.

The rescue helicopter was called due to the distance by road to the required hospital.

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