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

Four missions in one day for the TECT Rescue Helicopter

The TECT Rescue Helicopter had a big Friday with four missions.

First mission was to Te Puna where a male had fell from his motorcycle and was flown to Waikato Hospital. Arriving back to base, the TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to an urgent transfer from Papamoa to Waikato Hospital. During the trip back to base, we were tasked to a beacon activation in Te Urewera Forest where we found two hunters, one had broken his ankle. They were both winched into the helicopter and flown to Whakatane hospital. We then transferred a six year old girl from Whakatane hospital to Starship Hospital.


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