Night Vision Goggles put to great use | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Night Vision Goggles put to great use

On Tuesday, February 9th, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Ohakune for a woman in her fifties that had suffered a medical event. The patient was stabilised at the scene and transported to Whanganui Hospital by the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.

Later that day, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter attended to a motorcycle accident in Manakau, in the Horowhenua District. The male patient was stabilised at the scene and flown to Palmerston North Hospital with a suspected leg injury.

The same evening, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Taihape for a mother and infant following birth complications. Both patients were flown to Whanganui Hospital.

At almost midnight, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Akitio, a coastal community in the Tararua District, for a young woman that had suffered a medical event. Using the equipped night vision goggles, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was able to land safely near the beach of the small town.

 

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