The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a remote rural property near Oueroa, east of Waipukurau on Saturday afternoon to assist with a motor vehicle accident.
Six occupants who were duck shooting received injuries when the ute they were using rolled down a steep hill. The most seriously injured was a 24-year-old from Waipukurau sustained pelvic and back injuries when he was thrown from the back of the rolling vehicle. The second patient, also 24 years old, from Tikokino sustained upper body injuries.
Both patients were stabilised at the scene by St John Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedics before being airlifted to Hastings Hospital. The remaining injured were treated at the scene by road ambulance crews who had been transported into the farm in 4×4 Vehicles.
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched due to the remote location and serious nature of the injuries.
During the return journey to Palmerston North, the Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Rugby Park in Dannevirke, where a 19-year-old from Palmerston North suffered a badly broken leg during a Colts match between Dannevirke and Massey. In need of urgent treatment, the game was momentarily delayed. The helicopter was guided into the centre of the number one ground by local Fire Brigade members to allow the patient to be ‘hot-loaded’.
With the scoreboard showing the home team narrowly ahead with 7 minutes to play the patient was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.
*hot-loaded means the chopper is still running.