Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter round-up: 17-24 September | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

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Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter round-up: 17-24 September

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter conducted 6 missions during this period as follows;
Sunday 17 September: An early evening mission to the Wanganui River Valley near the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge for an injured man. Two rescue helicopters were dispatched due to weather difficulties. Once it was determined the retrieval was possible by the Taupo based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, the Palmerston North Helicopter was stood-down en-route to the scene.
Monday 18 September: A mid morning call-out to Taihape for a local man in his 70’s suffering a serious medical condition. After being stabilised by the on-board Intensive Care Paramedic, the patient was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.
Tuesday 19 September: An early afternoon mission to Pahiatua, where a Tararua College student was suffering a medical event. The rescue helicopter was able to land directly at the school grounds and the patient was flown to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.
Thursday 21 September: An early morning call-out to Moawhango, on the Taihape Napier Road for a local man with a medical condition. He was airlifted to PalmerstonNorth Hospital for specialist treatment.
Friday 22 September: Another early morning callout, this time to Matahiwi in the Wanganui River Valley for a local man in his 50’s with a serious medical condition. He was flown to Whanganui Hospital for treatment.

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