The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter has been kept busy with the following missions:
Saturday 25 March: A woman was flown to Taupo Hospital from the Oturere Hut on Mt Tongariro having suffered an ankle injury while hiking. Then a man was flown from the Tongariro National Park to Taupo Hospital following a fall which resulted in facial injuries.
Sunday 26 March: The rescue helicopter was tasked by the RCCNZ to locate an active ELT operating in the Kinloch area.
Tuesday 28 March: A man injured himself while deer hunting near the 42 Traverse. He was hunting with his father and was initially able to get the message out via Facebook messenger to a friend, who alerted emergency services. An initial rough location was refined, and the injured man’s companion was spotted after lighting a small fire which created an area of smoke that the rescue helicopter crew were able to see from above. A paramedic was hoisted into the area and recovered the man. He was transported to Taumarunui Hospital for treatment.
Friday 31 March: A woman was flown from west of Taupo to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition following a serious motor vehicle accident.
Saturday 1 April: A man was extracted with a long line off the side of Mt Ngauruhoe following being skittled by a tumbling rock, which knocked him from his feet and threw him a reported 50m down the steep slope. He was flown to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.