Greenlea Rescue Helicopter mission round-up | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Greenlea Rescue Helicopter mission round-up

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter has been kept busy over the last few weeks.

19 November 2017:  The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was alerted by the RCCNZ to an active PLB. The party in distress was located near a remote hunting helipad.

A group of three had split into two groups that morning and only the party of two had returned. Unfortunately, the missing party did not have a PLB. The rescue helicopter undertook a search using Night Vision Goggles (NVG) and an infra-red camera(IR) but was unable to locate the missing party.

At first light, the rescue helicopter returned to conduct a further IR search. Then missing party had been able to contact the NZ Police via cellphone, and relay their location. A rescue team was hoisted into the location and locate the missing men.

23 November 2017: The rescue helicopter was dispatched to Atiamuri for a motor vehicle accident involving two trucks. A woman who was initially trapped in one of the vehicles was flown to Waikato Hospital with leg and abdominal injuries.

26 November 2017: A call out to a woman injured in a fall on the track by Whakapaiti Hut. She was flown to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.

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