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Marlin spikes fisherman

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waihau Bay on the East Cape at 11:30am today to assist an injured fisherman.

Three people were attempting to wrestle a large Marlin into the boat when it spiked a 55-year-old male through his lower leg.

Pilot Todd Dunham said it took the boat an hour and a half to get back to Waihau Bay where it was met by waiting emergency services.

The patient was stabilised at the Waihau Bay Fire Station by St John paramedics before being flown to Whakatane Hospital for further treatment. The  rescue helicopter was tasked due to the injuries and remote location.

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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

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