Matakana to Whangamata to Te Ranga | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

COVID 19 – UPDATE FROM YOUR RESCUE HELICOPTER

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Matakana to Whangamata to Te Ranga

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on the 3rd of December at 12:30 pm to Matakana Island.

An 80 year old female with a medical condition required immediate hospital care. She was treated by paramedics before being flown to Tauranga Hospital for further treatment.

At 5pm, the helicopter was tasked to Whangamata where a 14 year old surfer fell from his surfboard and suffered a serious leg injury.
The patient was driven by road to a helipad where they met the rescue helicopter. The patient was stabilised by paramedics before being flown to Tauranga Hospital.
On the 4th of December, at 6am, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Ranga where a 66 year old male suffered a medical condition that required immediate hospital care.
The helicopter landed at a farm airstrip where it met an ambulance. The patient has been stabilised by paramedics before being flown to Tauranga Hospital.

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