Mission round-up for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Mission round-up for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

It has been a busy time for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter.

In the early hours of Sunday 25 December, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked with an urgent maternity transfer to Waikato Hospital.

On the 26 December, Rescue helicopter was dispatched to recover a person who had fallen into Red Crater on the Tongariro Crossing. The mission was undertaken with the use on a longline and screamer suit.

On the 27 December the rescue helicopter was dispatched by RARO Alpine Rescue to help recover a hiker from the upper slopes above Turoa Ski Field, who was suffering from hypothermia.

On the 28 December the rescue helicopter was dispatched to transport a motorcyclist from Oruanui, north west of Taupo to Rotorua Hospital with spinal injuries.

Then on 29 December, they were dispatched to mountain biker, a woman in her forties. She was flown from the Timber trail in the Pureora’s to Rotorua Hospital also with possible spinal injuries.

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