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Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Week Recap

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to over 10 different locations throughout the last seven days, read more about there busy week below.

Monday – The crew was dispatched to Kawerau for a patient having a heart attack. She was stabilised at the scene and flown to Waikato Hospital.

Tuesday – In the morning the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the Turangi River Trail for a male who had fallen from his bike and fractured his hip, he was flown to Rotorua Hospital.

The crew then headed to the Tongariro Crossing for an American woman who had fractured/dislocated her ankle. She was also flown to Rotorua Hospital for medical treatment.

In the late afternoon, the crew was tasked to find a tourist who was lost near the North Circuit in the Tongariro National Park, he had a GPS Locator Beacon so was found quickly much to his relief. While still in the National Park, the team was tasked to assist another tramper on the Tongariro Crossing who had injured her ankle and was unable to walk out, she was transported to Taupo Emergency Department.

Wednesday – The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident near Putaruru, a critical patient was flown from the scene to Waikato Hospital.

Thursday – The Rescue Coordination Centre tasked the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter to a GPS Locator Beacon that had been activated in the Mohaka River. A fisherman had slipped in the river and fractured his femur which required a winch rescue from his location.

Friday – Early Friday morning, a male was transported to Rotorua Hospital following a motor vehicle crash. The patient sustained a fractured femur in the crash.

Soon after the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Kuiti for a male with a suspected stroke, he was in a critical condition and was transported to Waikato ED.

On Friday evening a young lady was kicked in the face by her horse at the National Equestrian Centre, she was transported to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

Saturday – Mid-morning the crew was dispatched to the carpark of the 42 Traverse where a teenager had come off his motorbike causing serious chest and abdominal injuries, he was treated on scene and flown to Waikato ED.

In the afternoon the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter received a job for 2 x competitors from an off-road running event, both had minor injuries but were unable to continue and were 8km from vehicle access – they were transported to Whakapapa Village.

Soon after the team was contacted by the Rescue Coordination Centre for a beacon activation at a very remote Marae out the back of Ruatuhua. A lady had collapsed during a family gathering. On arrival, the patient had recovered and there was a family member who was a nurse there also. Following a medical assessment, the crew was able to leave her there to enjoy the weekend with her family.

Sunday – At midday, the crew was dispatched to the Northern Circuit in the Tongariro National Park for a male in his 50’s with chest pain. He was treated and transported to Rotorua Hospital.

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