The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched by the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) to the Raukumara Ranges near East Cape at 10.00am yesterday in response to an emergency beacon locator, which had been activated.
Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) passed on the known information to the helicopter crew, who then flew to the location from the beacon. A 32-year-old tourist was located in an open area, and local SAR Land Volunteer Nick Adams, was hover loaded into the open area to assist the tramper. The patient was assessed by an onboard St John paramedic and flown to Whakatane Hospital with minor injuries.
“Due to the very rugged terrain, there was no way the tramper would have been able to walk out,” said BayTrust Rescue Helicopter Pilot, Ben Fry.
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 Rotorua’s principal sponsor, BayTrust. 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.
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