Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter call out, Otaki | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter call out, Otaki

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Otaki at 5.45pm last night.

A woman, in her 60’s, had fallen and had suffered a serious compound fracture/dislocation of her ankle.

The woman was initially treated at the scene by Paramedics from Otaki and Levin. Due to the serious nature of the injury she was transported by the helicopter to Palmerston North Hospital.


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