Cliff fall rescue for 20 year old | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Cliff fall rescue for 20 year old

In the late evening, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew were dispatched to a farm near Atiamuri, about 45 km north of Taupo.

A farmworker in his 20’s was riding his motorbike through a paddock when he rode off a 10m cliff. Unable to move the man lay at the bottom of the cliff for over 2 hours before being found by family.

The 20-year-old sustained serious injuries and was treated at the scene by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic, assisted by St John Ambulance Staff, Police and Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

The patient was airlifted through to Waikato Hospital for immediate medical attention.

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