Multiple hurt on SH5 | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Multiple hurt on SH5

In the early hours of Saturday morning, both the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter and TECT Rescue Helicopter flew to a single-car crash on SH5 near Rangataiki (East of Taupo), the car with multiple occupants rolled resulting in some occupants being trapped.

The TECT Rescue Helicopter crew flew a 37-year-old Hastings man to Rotorua Hospital with leg fractures and Greenlea Rescue Helicopter flew a man with head injuries to Waikato Hospital.

While returning to base the TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to transfer a 75-year old Whakatane woman to Waikato Hospital with multiple medical issues. The day before the crew airlifted the same patient from Whakatane Hospital to Tauranga Hospital with cardiac issues.


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