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Mission round-up for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

A round-up of missions undertaken by the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter over the past week:
Monday 21 August: The rescue helicopter was dispatched to an injured hiker near the Waihohonu Hut in the Tongariro National Park. The hiker was airlifted to Taupo Hospital with suspected spinal injuries.
Thursday 24 August: A call out to a youth with a suspected serious spinal injuries, who was flown from the eastern side of Mt Ruapehu to Starship Hospital.
Friday 25 August: The rescue helicopter was tasked by the RCCNZ to track an active PLB in the Urewera Ranges. The missing party was quickly found and rescue after a brief search.
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August: The rescue helicopter was called to assist the National Park Police with the search and rescue of a lost climber. The climber had become separated from his companions and descended the wrong side of the mountain and the was became immobilised due to darkness. After two aborted attempts due to poor weather to assist the climber, the rescue helicopter grounded as an incoming northerly front approached.
Clearer weather to the south on Sunday morning allowed the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter to access the climber and airlift him to safety.

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