The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Pukeokahu, east of Taihape, this morning where a local man in his 50’s suffered multiple serious injuries when he was attacked by a cattle beast while working in stock yards.
Two men were attempting to climb out of the yards when they were charged by the steer. It is believed one man was bunted by the steer hoisting him out of the yards by some meters, where he then landed on his head.
The patient was stabilised at the scene by the on-board St John Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.
ABOUT PHILIPS SEARCH AND RESCUE TRUST
Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.
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 rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.
Philips Search & Rescue Trust operates:
Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Waikato King Country
Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Bay of Plenty
BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, Rotorua – Bay of Plenty
Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, Taupo – Central Plateau
Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Manawatu – Whanganui
Westpac Air Ambulance (Fixed wing), Nationwide