Man injured near Lake Rotomahana | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Man injured near Lake Rotomahana

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 5 pm on Thursday 11 January, to a farm near Lake Rotomahana, 25km southeast of Rotorua. A man had received injuries to his leg on a remote part of the farm and access was difficult for emergency services.
The rescue helicopter was able to land near the man with on-board paramedics, so the man could be stablised at the scene.
With the assistance of locals and Rotorua Police who also attended, the man was able to be stretchered to the waiting rescue helicopter. He was airlifted to Rotorua Hospital in a comfortable condition for further treatment.

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