Night mission to Matakana Island | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Night mission to Matakana Island

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matakana Island on Saturday 26 August, where a 32-year-old Tauranga man had suffered injuries after falling and hitting his head on concrete. The man was knocked unconscious for some time.

He was stabilised by the rescue helicopter’s onboard paramedic before being flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition.

This flight was carried out with the use of Night Vision equipment.

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