Non-fatal drowning on the Tongariro River | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Non-fatal drowning on the Tongariro River

At around 10.30am on Thursday, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Tongariro River in Turangi.

Arriving at the scene after only a minute’s flight, the on-duty crew received word of the woman’s condition.

A woman in her 70’s was taking part in an annual Trout Fishing Competition along the Tongariro River. She was spotted unconscious by another fellow fisherman who managed to pull her up alongside the riverbank.

The fisherman quickly began CPR. Shortly after being alerted, PRIME doctors, Turangi Volunteer Fire (FENZ), Omori First Response (volunteer), St John Ambulance, and Police all arrived on the scene.

A massive team response, working together to keep the woman stabilised at the scene. Intensive Care Paramedic – Nigel Bryant performed an RSI on the woman. This meant her breathing was supported and the crew could safely transport her to the Emergency Department at Taupo Hospital.

Due to changing weather conditions, the call was made to dispatch the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter – with IFR capabilities. The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew met the Greenela Rescue Helicopter crew so they could get her to Waikato Hospital as soon as possible where she received immediate medical treatment.

A few of the woman’s fellow fisherman friends banded together to gift smoked trout to the crews that worked so hard to get their friend to a hospital.

A successful collaboration by everyone involved for the best outcome for the patient.

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