The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew seven missions and conducted crew hoist training during the period of July 8 to 16. The missions are as follows:
Friday, July 8
A morning mission to the Manawatu Gorge to assist emergency crews with the extraction of two people involved in a serious truck crash. The helicopter winched a St John Advanced Paramedic into the site to assist with the extraction of the two patients. One patient was winched from the truck cab, while the second from near the truck. The patients were then met by waiting ambulance crews at the helicopter landing site and transported to hospital by road.
A late afternoon dispatch from the Rescue Coordination Centre to a locater beacon in the Ruahine Ranges. The parties were located safe and well. They had activated their beacon due to rising waters after the severe weather in the region cut off their way out. Supported by land based SAR, the parties were airlifted out the following morning.
Sunday, July 10
A night time call to search for a missing farmer in the Whanganui area. The flight conducted using Night Vision Goggles (NVG).
Tuesday, July 12
A morning mission to Otaki for a man in his 20’s injured after he fell from his horse. He sustained head injuries and was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
Later that afternoon the helicopter assisted a woman in her 50’s who had fall. She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital for further treatment.
Wednesday, July 13
A night mission to Levin for a woman in her 30’s with a medical emergency. She was prepared for transport by the waiting road ambulance before being transferred to the helicopter and airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a serious condition.
Saturday, July 16
A late morning mission to a serious medical event in the Pohangina Valley. A 38-year-old local woman was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital
Early afternoon, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Raetihi to attend a suspected cardiac event. The 70-year-old local woman was flown to Whanganui Hospital for treatment.