Missions to Waihi, Whitianga and Waihau Bay | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Missions to Waihi, Whitianga and Waihau Bay

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at around 5 pm, on 22 August, to Waihi township where a 28 year old local woman had gone into premature labour.

She was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition for specialist treatment.

The following day at around 1.30pm the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Coromandel Town of Whitianga where a 89 year old local man had suffered a serious medical event.

He was stabilised at the scene by medics before being flown to Waikato Hospital in a moderate condition.

The rescue helicopter was dispatched again that evening at around 9 pm, this time down the coast, to Waihau Bay where a 56 year old local man suffered a cardiac event as a result of an ongoing condition.

He was stabilised by the onboard medics before being flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition. This flight was conducted with the use of Night Vision Goggles.


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