Midnight mission for Waihi local | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Midnight mission for Waihi local

Shortly after midnight, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waihi Township where a 65-year-old local man had become seriously unwell, due to an existing medical condition.

The man was stabilised by St John medics before being flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

The rescue helicopter was used due to the seriousness of the patient’s condition and distance to  Waikato Hospital. The flight was carried out with the use of Night Vision equipment.


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