The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Whakatane Airport at 6pm on the Sunday 14 August, to meet an ambulance transporting a 79-year-old male who had rolled his quad bike. The accident occurred in an orchard and he was stabilised at the scene by St John paramedic,s before being driven to meet the helicopter.
The man was taken to Tauranga Hospital with multiple injuries.
Later that evening the rescue helicopter was tasked to transport a patient having birthing complications to Waikato Hospital. Shortly after that mission the helicopter was dispatched once again. This time to a 56-year-old male with a serious medical condition.The man was transported to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.