Ngauruhoe rescue | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Ngauruhoe rescue

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Mt Ngauruhoe on Tuesday 18 April, where a 20-year-old woman had injured her knee near the summit of the mountain.

Two RARO alpine rescue volunteers were dropped on the summit ridge via the rescue helicopter, due to passing cloud, and walked down a few hundred feet to her location.

Once the weather permitted, the woman was hover loaded back into the rescue helicopter and flown to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.

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