The on-duty crews for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter had a full-on weekend completing a total of five missions within a 20 hour period. Within the 20 hour period, they ticked up 9 hours of flying time. This was on the back of 3 missions completed on Friday. This has been one of the bigger weekends to date for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
At 8.30am the crew attended a medical event in Kawhia. The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew the patient to Waikato Hospital.
Shortly after at 9.30am, the crew was tasked to retrieve a maternity patient from Gisborne Hospital. The woman was flown to Waikato Hospital.
In the early afternoon, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Coromandel township for a young child who was suffering from a medical event.
Later in the night, the crew completed a final mission to retrieve a patient from Rotorua Hospital. they were flown to Auckland Hospital for further treatment.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, the crew was again tasked to Rotorua to transfer a patient back to Waikato Hospital.