Leg injuries dominated Greenlea Rescue Helicopter missions yesterday with two out of the three callouts being the result of badly injured legs.
The first mission of the day, Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Rangatira Point on Lake Taupo at 11.00am. A 50-year-old male slipped and badly injured his leg. The incident happened at a place where access was difficult, so the helicopter was tasked to pick up the patient and transport him to Rotorua hospital for further treatment.
The second tasking of the day was to the Tongariro river track, near Turangi at 1.00pm. A 53-year-old female Australian tourist fell from her mountain bike and badly injured her leg.
“This happened on a part of the track where access by foot was difficult,” said Pilot Todd Dunham.
The helicopter was dispatched to attend to the patient before she was flown to Rotorua hospital for further treatment.
The third challenging mission of the day occurred at 4.00pm. The rescue helicopter was called to Whakapapa ski field, at Mt. Ruapehu. The patient was an 11-year-old girl who had fallen from her skis and suffered a back and hip injury. Unable to be moved from where she had fallen, the rescue helicopter had to hover-load her off the ski field. She was airlifted to Waikato hospital for further treatment. The helicopter was called due to her location and distance from the required hospital.
The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter is operated by Philips Search & Rescue Trust, a charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis.
The Trust relies on funding from Principal Sponsors and community donations. 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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