Four missions in 24 hours | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Four missions in 24 hours

A busy Sunday for the on-duty Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew, completing four rescue missions within 24 hours (three by day crew & one by night crew).

The first mission of the day was to Tairua in the Coromandel to attend a serious medical event. An elderly man had suffered a serious medical event that required immediate airlifting. He was transported to Waikato Hospital in critical condition.

Shortly after returning to base, the on-duty crew was tasked to Karangahake Gorge for a female who had fallen off a track along the gorge and suffered potentially serious injuries.

As the location was inaccessible to retrieve the patient, the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was winched down to the scene to secure the patient before winching her out. The road was closed through the gorge by the Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the Police to allow the winch rescue to commence near the incident. She was airlifted to Waikato Hospital for immediate medical care.

Later on, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew was dispatched by the Rescue Coordination Centre in Wellington to attend a beacon activation in a bush country halfway between Hamilton and New Plymouth. The party was located with a woman having received serious arm injuries in a fall. The woman was picked up and airlifted through to Waikato Hospital for further medical care.

The last call of the day was to the small town of Raglan for a late evening mission, attending to a medical event.

We here at the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters 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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