Missions to Whakapapa and Crater Mountain Bike Park | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Missions to Whakapapa and Crater Mountain Bike Park

In the early evening on Monday the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Whakapapa for a skier in his 30’s who was suffering from an acute medical condition.

An ambulance transported the patient down to the Chateau to meet the crew who had landed at the base. They airlifted the skier through to Waikato Hospital for further medical treatment.

While returning to Taupo the crew were diverted to Craters Mountain Bike Park for a patient in his 50’s who had crashed, resulting in serious neck and back injuries.

Due to the location in the park, the patient was winched out and then transported to Waikato Emergency Department.

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