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Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter round up 22-29 July

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter has had a busy period flying 10 missions as follows:

Saturday 22 July: An afternoon mission to Pahiatua for an elderly man with a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a serious condition.

Sunday 23 July: An early evening Night Vision Goggle mission to a motor vehicle accident on SH1 at the Vinegar Hill junction near Hunterville. A women in her 50’s from Porirua was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital with multiple injuries.

Monday 24 July: A morning mission to Waiouru for a man in his 50’s with a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.

Tuesday 25 July: An early afternoon mission to Raetihi for a school child with a head injury suffered whilst playing at school. She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital. This was followed immediately by a second mission to Raetihi for a woman with a serious medical condition. She was also airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.

Wednesday 26 July: An afternoon mission to Taihape for a local woman in her 20’s with a serious medical condition. She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital. This was followed closely by a second mission to Dannevirke for another young woman with a serious medical condition. The woman was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

Friday 28 July: A morning mission to a remote rural Tararua property on the Castle Hill Road near Tinui for an Upper Hutt man in his 50’s injured in a tractor roll-over accident. He was flown to Palmerston North Hospital.

Saturday 29 July: An afternoon mission to Taihape for a 16-year-old injured during a rugby game. He was flown to Palmerston North Hospital with suspected neck injuries. Just over an hour later the rescue helicopter was tasked to Otaki Beach where a Wellington man in his 40’s was injured riding a dirt bike on the beach. He suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted directly to Wellington Hospital with the crew using Night Vision Goggles to complete the mission.

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