The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Omanawa Falls at 5pm, on Monday 6 February, where a 24 year old male jumped off the top of the waterfall at a height of about 18 metres. The impact with the water resulted in a serious back injury.
Friends and family assisted the man to the side of the water hole.
The rescue helicopter, using the Port of Tauranga Rescue Winch, winched a paramedic within close proximity to the patient, as there was a overhanging cliff face. The rescue helicopter then waited for the patient to be stabilised and manoeuvred to a position where he and the paramedic could be winched into the helicopter.
The helicopter was called due to the waterfall being in a deep ravine with very limited access. The patient was flown to Tauranga Hospital for further assessment and treatment.