Mountain Biking Incident, Mt. Pirongia | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Mountain Biking Incident, Mt. Pirongia

Today the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Mt. Pirongia in the Waikato.

A 44-year-old Hamilton man had fallen from his mountain bike where he received a badly dislocated ankle as a result.

Because of his location, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter had to use the winch to lower a medic to provide medical support before winching the man and medic to safety.

The man was then flown to Waikato hospital for treatment.

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