Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter weekly round-up | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter weekly round-up

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew five missions during the last week of April.

Monday 25 April 2016 (ANZAC Day).

The morning commenced with a mission to Ohakune for a man in his 40’s suffering a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital in a serious condition.

Later that afternoon the rescue helicopter was tasked by the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) for a search in the Tararua Ranges after a Personal Locator Beacon was activated. A man was located on the side of a steep slope in the ranges north west of Masterton. Due to the deteriorating weather, the rescue helicopter was unable to retrieve the man immediately. The helicopter extracted the man as soon as there was a break in the cloud.

Tuesday 26 April 2016

A midday search for a hunter in the ranges East of Mangatainoka, who had not returned by the time he was expected. With the assistance of Police SAR and the missing man’s cousin, he was located with no injuries.

Wednesday 27 April 2016

An afternoon mission to the Kahuterawa Forest area, south of Palmerston North, after a woman in her 70’s sustained leg injuries in a fall while walking in the area. She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.

Thursday 28 April 2016

A midday mission to Pukeokahu for a woman in her 80’s suffering a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter lands near Pukeokahu

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter lands near Pukeokahu

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