Makamako farmer winched from a gully | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Makamako farmer winched from a gully

At approximately 6pm Wednesday evening the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew was notified of an injured person near Makamako (North East of Kawhia).

The 49-year-old local man had failed to return home after working on the farm all day, he was found by a family member severely injured.

The rescue helicopter located the man’s position down a gully in a remote part of the farm with him having sustained chest and pelvic injuries. Due to the extremely steep terrain, a night winch was required to extract the man from his location. The medical crew from the chopper stabilised the man’s injuries before he was winched aboard by the crew wearing night vision goggles.

He was airlifted to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.


Photo: The crews preparing for the night winch to extract the injured man.

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