Lose of control on SH33 | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Lose of control on SH33

On Tuesday the TECT Rescue Helicopter flew 3 missions throughout the day.

The first was to Te Kaha for a 68-year old local man who was suffering from chest pains, he was airlifted to Tauranga Hospital for urgent assessment and diagnosis. Shortly after the crew was called again to transfer the male to Waikato Hospital for specialist surgery.

In the afternoon the TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to a serious motor vehicle accident on SH33 near Paengaroa.

Two cars had collided after one lost control on a greasy road. One occupant was critically injured at the scene.  The team flew a 59-year-old Te Puke man to Tauranga Hospital with serious injuries including spinal injuries.

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