Five missions within a 12-hour period | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Five missions within a 12-hour period

The TECT Rescue Helicopter had a busy weekend, starting at 03.00 am Saturday.

The on-duty crew was tasked to Ruatoria for a motor vehicle accident. A 23-year-old female was flown to Waikato Hospital with serious injuries.

After only minutes of returning to base, the crew was tasked to complete an urgent transfer from Tauranga Hospital to Waikato hospital for a 92-year-old female with a medical condition.

On Saturday afternoon the TECT Rescue Helicopter crew were tasked to search for a boat that went aground at Motiti Island. A successful search saw everyone onboard, safe and well.

On Sunday morning the crew was tasked to Ngawaro where a tree had fallen on a 52-year-old female that was driving a 4X4 on the track. The woman sustained multiple injuries and was flown to Waikato Hospital.

Whilst returning from Waikato Hospital the TECT Rescue Helicopter crew were tasked to Kawhia for a 74-year-old male who had fallen and breaking his hip. He was flown to Waikato Hospital for immediate medical care.

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