Long Weekend Missions for Tauranga | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Long Weekend Missions for Tauranga

On Saturday evening the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Whakatane, Kohi point where three teenagers were stuck climbing a cliff. The crew had to winch them off one at a time in the dark, using night-vision goggles. This was a challenging job for the team as they had to keep the Intensive Care Paramedic on the winch cable with no slack to keep him safe whilst he set up the patients to be winched.

On Sunday shortly after 12pm the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matamata. A farmer had got caught up in the hay rake behind his tractor and suffered multiple injuries, he was airlifted to Waikato Hospital for immediate medical attention.

The crew just finished delivering the farmer to Waikato when they were dispatched to Oruanui. A 26-year-old female was struck by a car traveling at 80 km/hr on state highway 1, she was stabilised and flown to Waikato Hospital with multiple injuries.

Later on in the afternoon, the crew were dispatched to the Whakarewarewa mountain bike track. A male runner ran into a tree and suffered a serious neck injury. The rescue helicopter landed in a small clearing amongst very tall trees. The patient to airlifted to Waikato Hospital.

On Monday at 11am, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to a female who had collapsed in her home. She was stabilised and flown to Tauranga Hospital.

Shortly after, the rescue helicopter was tasked to fly a patient that required immediate medical attention from Tauranga Hospital to Auckland Hospital.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter completed a total of 6 missions over the long weekend, an extremely busy few days for the on-duty crew.

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