Mountain rescues for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Mountain rescues for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on Easter Sunday to Mt Ngauruhoe to airlift a Danish man who  had fallen and fractured his ankle.

Due to the passing cloud, the rescue helicopter crew, assisted by RARO alpine rescue, had to wait for a break in the cloud before dropping in two rescuers and recovering the injured man.

The patient was flown to Rotorua Hospital.

On the return flight back to Taupo, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was requested by National Park Police to assist in the locating and recovery of a injured party of hikers lost at the top of the Whakapapa ski field.

With dusk falling and the cloud starting to close in, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter arrived just in time to located the missing party and ferry them down the mountain to safety before it was too dark.

This morning, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was called to Whanganui Bay on the western shore of Lake Taupo to airlift a man with a cardiac condition. He was flown to Taupo Hospital.


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