Saturday afternoon at 4.30pm, the Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue helicopter was dispatched to a accident involving a car and logging truck on State Highway 25 between Whiritoa and Whangamata.
The accident took place on a bend causing the truck to overturn and lose the load it was carrying. The truck driver was uninjured, but the occupants of the car weren’t as lucky.
The driver of the car received serious arm injuries and was flown to Waikato Hospital and his passenger, a 20-year-old Whitianga man, was flown to Tauranga Hospital with shoulder and neck injuries, in a moderate condition.
The helicopters were dispatched due of the nature of the accident and the distance to hospital.
About Philips Search and Rescue Trust
Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.
Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.
Philips Search & Rescue Trust operates:
Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Waikato King Country
Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Bay of Plenty
BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, Rotorua – Bay of Plenty
Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, Taupo – Central Plateau
Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Manawatu – Whanganui
Westpac Air Ambulance (Fixed wing), Nationwide