Determined woman crawls to help | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Determined woman crawls to help

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Arapuke Forest Mountain Bike Park, where a woman had fallen off the track while out walking.

The woman had dragged herself several 100 mertes along the track and over a swingbridge to try to get into an area where she had cell phone coverage. Fortunately, a man who was on the track at the same time came across the woman and was able to assist her and then get to an area where he could make a cell phone call for help.

After a short flight from the Palmerston North Base, the team on the rescue helicopter was able to locate the injured woman. Due to the inaccessible area where the woman was located the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was put down in the bush near the track using the Rescue Hoist.

The Intensive Care Paramedic assessed the patient and found she had badly fractured her ankle. The woman was given pain relief before being extracted, along with the Paramedic, using the Rescue Hoist. The woman was taken directly to the Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment and possible surgery.

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