Four missions in one day for Greenlea Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Four missions in one day for Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

On Saturday 09 January the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew performed a total of four rescue missions through out the day.

At 12.30pm the on-duty crew were tasked to airlift an unwell patient through to Rotorua Hospital  The road ambulance crew transported patient to the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter base who had sustained a head injury.

Shortly after returning to base the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Tongariro National Park for a fractured ankle. The patient was flown through to Rotorua Hospital for further medical care.

Later on at 5pm, the crew was tasked to perform an inter-hospital transfer from Rotorua Hospital to Waikato Hospital.

Whilst returning from Waikato Hospital the crew was dispatched to Turangi for a woman who had sustained trauma. The patient was flown to Waikato Hospital with serious spinal injuries.

We here at the Greenlea 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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