Last week was an exceptionally busy one for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew with eight missions and training exercises.
Monday, 4 January 2016
An afternoon callout to Ohakune for a local woman in her 40’s suffering a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital in a serious condition.
Wednesday, 6 January 2016
An afternoon mission to Taihape for a man in his 60’s suffering a medical event. He was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital in a serious condition.
The Helicopter was then re-tasked directly to Wanstead, near Waipukurau, to assist the Hawkes Bay Rescue Helicopter at the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a van full of shearers and a tractor. The accident resulted in multiple passengers with serious injuries. The patients were airlifted to Hastings Hospital.
Immediately following the callout to Wanstead, Police instigated a search off the coast at Waikawa Beach, requiring the assistance of the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter. Members of the public reported seeing distress flares. A range of technologies were used during the search including Night Vision Goggles, Infra-Red Cameras and a Nite Sun searchlight – but to no avail. While returning to base the helicopter was diverted to join a further Police search for a missing person near Linton. Crew finally completed the night’s missions and returned to base around 2.00am.
Thursday, 7 January 2016
An afternoon callout to Raetihi for a local man in his 40’s suffering a medical complaint. He was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital in a serious condition.
Saturday, 9 January 2016
A mid-day mission to Raetihi for a 10-year-old boy, from Rotorua, who fell from a swing suffering a serious concussion. He was flown to Whanganui Hospital accompanied by his mother.
Saturday evening, just on last light, the helicopter was tasked to a rural property near Dannevirke. A young woman in her 20’s had fallen from a dirt bike suffered a serious leg injury. She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition, with the crew using Night Vision Goggles to complete the mission.
A short time later the crew were tasked to Taihape for a woman in her 40’s with a serious medical condition. The patient was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a critical condition just before 1.00 am.
Sunday, 10 January 2016
A late morning training sortie was conducted, near Ashhurst, to practice crews and rescue swimmers in water rescue techniques using the rescue hoist and basket.
About Philips Search & 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