Infant airlifted from Matakana Island | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Infant airlifted from Matakana Island

Sunday evening, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matakana Island, where an 18 month old girl was having breathing difficulties as a result of a medical condition.

The local girl was checked by the rescue helicopter medic on scene before she was flown to Tauranga Hospital accompanied by her mother.


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