Missions to Puriri and Coromandel | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Missions to Puriri and Coromandel

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on Friday 4 January, at approximately 6.30pm, to a house near Puiri in Northern Waikato.

A 21 year old local woman had sustained injuries and required hospitalisation.  She was treated by local medics at the scene before the helicopter was called to provide urgent transport to hospital.

The woman was airlifted to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.
The rescue team were dispatched again at 10pm to the remote Coromandel township of Opito Bay.
A 59 year old woman, from Papamoa, had sustained serious hand injuries whilst on a yacht. Local fire crews secured a landing site for the helicopter before airlifting the woman  to Waikato Hospital for immediate treatment.
The flight was conducted using night vision goggles.

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