Four missions for Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Four missions for Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters

On Saturday the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters completed a total of four missions.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was first tasked to Port Waikato at 4pm for a patient suffering from seizures at a beach in Port Waikato. The patient was airlifted through to Auckland Hospital for immediate medical care.

On the return flight at approximately 6pm the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was re-tasked to a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident in the Tahuna area. The driver of the vehicle was cared for by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being transported to Waikato Hospital for further medical care.

At 12.30pm the on-duty crew for Air 2 – Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter carried out a newborn unit inter-hospital transfer from Rotorua Hospital to Waikato Hospital.

Later on, at 6.30pm they attended their second mission for the day to Waikaretu. A 19-year-old male had fractured his lower leg in a farm vehicle accident. He was transported to Middlemore Hospital for medical attention.

We here at the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

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