The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Pakihi Trail near Opotiki at 4pm on Saturday 1 April, where a 67-year-old female mountain biker had come off her bike and fallen approximately 10 metres down a steep bank and into a river. The woman’s location was in a steep ravine and the only access to her was via The Port of Tauranga Rescue Winch.
A paramedic was lowered to the woman using The Port of Tauranga Rescue Winch to administer first aid. The paramedic and the patient were then winched to the rescue helicopter landing site further down the valley, so the woman could be stabilised.
She was flown to Whakatane Hospital for further assessment and treatment.