Four missions for the Greenlea Rescue Team | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Four missions for the Greenlea Rescue Team

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter had a very busy day today with four missions.

The first callout was at 9.30am to a remote location on Lake Taupo, Whanganui Bay, which can only be accessed by 4 wheel drive vehicle or helicopter. A man, in his 70’s, was suffering from chest pain and was flown to Rotorua Hospital.

The same man had been transported by the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter team at the same time last year for a similar medical condition.

The rescue helicopter team where assisted by Volunteer Fire and ambulance crews at the scene.                                                                                                                                                       

The second mission, at around midday, was to a woman involved in a high speed motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Pukawa Road and State Highway 41 Pukawa.

The 20 year old was flown to Rotorua Hospital with suspected abdominal injuries.

At 4pm the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was once again dispatched for a man who had fallen from a horse in Minginui.

The helicopter met the patient in Murapara after his family transported him by road to the local GP.

He was flown to Rotorua Hospital with suspected fractured ribs and a shoulder injury.

A short time later the rescue team where dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at Omaio Bay, however, the team where stood down. 

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