Mt Ruapehu Rescue | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Mt Ruapehu Rescue

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Mt Ruapehu on Saturday the 20th of April.

A male in his 50’s was at the top of High Noon chairlift and had fallen on the ice and slipped approx 100 metres. Once the helicopter was on the scene it was established that the man would need to be secured prior to extraction to ensure he did not slip further down the icy slope.

The helicopter crew flew too nearby Ohakune to pick up a Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation (RARO) team member and flew him up to the chair lift. The RARO team member then made his way to the injured man, secured him in an extraction device. The helicopter crew completed this winch from 7500ft to get the man to safety.

Initially, the man was treated on board by Intensive Care Paramedic at the nearby Turoa Skifield carpark with the assistance of a St John medic before being flown to Whanganui Hospital.

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