Island rescues for the TECT Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Island rescues for the TECT Rescue Helicopter

On Sunday 24 January  at 5:30pm, the TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to fly a Search and Rescue team to Mayor Island where two males went for a tramp around the Island and got lost. They had limited phone coverage but were able to contact police. The search team located the lost trampers, with the help of the TECT Rescue Helicopter and night vision goggles. Due to the terrain and high winds, it took the search team 6 hrs to walk them to the only place the helicopter could land on a beach.

On the 25th at 6:30 pm, the TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to fly to Motiti Island where a 76 year old female had a medical condition that required immediate hospital care. She was treated by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being flown to Tauranga Hospital.


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