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

Mission round-up for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to several missions over the week commencing 9 July 2018.

On Wednesday 11 July, the rescue helicopter was tasked for two hospital transfers. The first was for a 58-year-old man in a critical condition, who was transported from Tauranga Hospital to Waikato Hospital.

The second was for a 60-year-old man with a serious medical condition that required urgent treatment. He was transported from Rotorua Hospital to Tauranga Hospital.

Thursday 12 July saw the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter dispatched to Matakana Island to airlift a 20-year-old woman suffering serious abdominal pain. She was transported to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.

Then on Friday 13 July, the rescue helicopter was tasked Te Kaha to airlift a 56-year-old man with an on-going medical condition. He was flown to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.

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