Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter round-up: 5 – 19 March | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

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Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter round-up: 5 – 19 March

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew 10 missions during the period as follows:
Sunday 5 March: An afternoon mission to Halcombe for a teenage boy injured in a motorbike accident. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
Later that afternoon, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on the Desert Road. There were multiple patients with four helicopters in attendance. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter airlifted two patients to Waikato Hospital.
Monday 6 March: A midday mission to Raetihi for a woman in her 40’s with a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.
Tuesday 7 March: A morning mission to Akitio for a woman in her 60’s injured in a fall. She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
Later that afternoon the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Mataroa for a man in his 40’s with a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
The rescue helicopter was then dispatched to a woman in her 30’s who had slipped off a farm track in hill country east of Pahiatua, badly breaking her ankle. The NZCT Rescue Hoist was needed to access the patient, due to the difficult location, several kilometres from any formed roads. The on-board Intensive Care Paramedic was hoisted down to the stabilised the patient, before they were both extracted from the scene.
Friday 10 March: A late night mission to Porangahau for a teenage boy with a medical emergency. He was airlifted, along with his Mum, to Palmerston North Hospital.
Tuesday 14 March: A morning mission to Ranana for a woman in her 70’s with a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital
Wednesday 15 March: An afternoon mission to a rural property near Papatawa for a man in his 70’s injured in a quad bike accident. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital
Sunday 19 March: An afternoon mission to Raetihi for an 8-year-old boy with a medical emergency. He was airlifted, along with Mum, to Whanganui Hospital.

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