The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to State Highway 1, south of Putaruru, late this afternoon, an accident scene involving four vehicles.
One man, in his 30’s, the driver of one of the vehicles, was flown to Waikato Hospital with abdominal and chest injuries; several others, including two children, were transported via road ambulance to Tokoroa Hospital.
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked due to the nature of the driver’s injuries and the distance to Waikato Hospital.
ABOUT PHILIPS SEARCH AND RESCUE TRUST
Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Tauranga’s principal sponsor’s, Trustpower and TECT. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.
Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.
Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.
Philips Search & Rescue Trust operates: