Yesterday afternoon the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to assist a 17-year-old Taupo man who got into difficulties while swimming in the surf. He was taken by ambulance to the Te Kaha Medical Centre as a result of near drowning. The helicopter was called to airlift him to Whakatane Hospital for further treatment, due to him swallowing a significant amount of sea water.
Earlier in the day, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched the Eastern Bay of Plenty settlement of Torere, where 51-year-old local woman suffered a serious medical event. The patient stabilised at the scene by St John paramedics before being airlifted directly to Waikato hospital for specialist treatment.
About Philips Search and Rescue Trust
Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Tauranga’s principal sponsor’s, Trustpower and TECT. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.