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Motor related accidents required chopper

Motor related accidents have required the dispatching of the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter over the last couple of days.

Mission 1:

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at approximately 11.00pm last night to transfer a 55-year-old Taupo man to Waikato Hospital.

The man had sustained serious internal injuries as a result of a crash between his quad bike and a school bus.  He was transferred to Waikato Hospital for further treatment under care of an Intensive Care flight team.

Mission 2:

On Saturday morning another motor vehicle accident required the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, this time in rural Te Aroha.  The male driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was injured in the early hours of Saturday morning when his car left the road and collided with a power pole.

With the assistance of Night Vision Goggles, the rescue helicopter landed in a paddock near the accident scene.  The local fire service had to extract the driver from the vehicle due to it being entangled in live power lines.  The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter transported the man to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Waikato King Country’s principal sponsor, Westpac. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient. To help the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter continue to fly life-saving missions, you can also support this important rescue service by donating today.

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