Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter round-up: 14-27 August 2017 | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

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Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter round-up: 14-27 August 2017

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew 7 missions during the period as follows:

Monday 14 August: An afternoon mission to Tiraumea for a man in his 70’s with a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
Tuesday 15 August: An evening flight to Brunswick, north of Whanganui, for a man in his 60’s with a head injury sustained in a nail gun accident. He was airlifted to Wellington Hospital for specialist treatment.
Thursday 17 August: An afternoon mission to Dannevirke for a man in his 60’s with a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
Wednesday 23 August: An afternoon mission to Rangiwaea for a 1 year old boy with a medical emergency. He was airlifted, along with his Mum, to Whanganui Hospital. Later that evening the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Raetihi for a man in his 30’s requiring medical assistance. He was transported to Whanganui Hospital.
Saturday 26 August: An afternoon mission to Dannevirke for a man in his 60’s with an injury to his hand. He was airlifted to Hutt Hospital for specialist treatment.
Sunday 27 August: An early morning mission to Mt Ruapehu after a mountain climber got lost on Saturday evening and required assistance. RARO (Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation) personal worked through the night to locate the man on foot as the weather initially prevented a rescue helicopter search.
At daybreak the cloud cleared enough to allow the rescue helicopter to assist in the search. With the help of the RARO team, the rescue helicopter located the missing man and was able to hover load him onboard and airlift him to safety.

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