The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew have been kept busy over the past week. During November 1-7, 2015 the rescue helicopter was dispatched to eight missions.
Sunday, 1 November 2015
An early afternoon mission to Mangaweka. A Palmerston North woman in her 50s had come off the road on her three-wheeler and ended up down a steep bank. She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a serious condition.
Monday, 2 November 2015
A midday callout to a rural address, near Kiwitea where two people were injured in a motor vehicle accident. They were both airlifted to Palmerston North hospital.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
An early afternoon mission to Raetihi for a local woman in her 50s suffering a serious medical event. Immediately after completing that mission, the rescue helicopter was tasked back to Raetihi to the scene of a head-on car crash where both drivers, a Taranaki man in his 70s and a Spanish woman in her 30s, required hospitalisation. All patients were airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.
Thursday, 5 November 2015
An afternoon mission to Manakau for a man in his 40s suffering a serious medical event. He was flown to Palmerston North Hospital.
Friday, 6 November 2015
A midnight mission to Hunterville using Night Vision Goggles, for a patient suffering a serious medical event. Sadly, the patient deceased at the scene.
Saturday, 7 November 2015
A midday callout to the Manawatu River, near Awapuni, where two people were reported to be stranded in the middle of the river clinging onto a submerged branch. On arrival at the scene the pair had been joined by a Fire Service rescue swimmer and all three were recovered to the safety of the river bank by the rescue helicopter crew using the rescue hoist and a recovery basket. The two patients were treated at Palmerston North Hospital for hypothermia.
Later in the afternoon the rescue hoist was needed again for a Masterton teenager who had fallen from the top of the Manawatu Gorge walk, 30 meters down a steep slip. The girl was quickly located, but was unable to be recovered directly owing to the steep nature of the embankment. A nearby St John Ambulance qualified Hoist Para-Medic was uplifted by the rescue helicopter and rode the rescue wire to recover the trapped girl from the slope. She was flown to Palmerston North Hospital suffering from shock and minor leg injuries.
About Philips Search and Rescue Trust
Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community contributions. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service has been made possible through the generosity of community donations. Principal sponsorship is currently being sought. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.