Medical emergency call out to Rangiwaea Island | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Medical emergency call out to Rangiwaea Island

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Rangiwaea Island in the Tauranga Harbour, at 7am on Sunday 29 January, to a 10-year-old Tauranga boy became very unwell with a serious medical condition.

He,along with his grandmother where flown to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.

The rescue helicopter was used because of access difficulties to the island.

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