Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter weekly round up May 15 to May 28 | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter weekly round up May 15 to May 28

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew 10 missions and conducted crew hoist training over the period of May 15-28.

Sunday 15 May

An afternoon mission to Levin for a woman in her 20’s who was injured after she fell from a horse. She sustained head and back injuries and was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

Thursday 19 May

A late night mission to Raetihi for a man in his 40’s who suffered a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.

Sunday  22 May

An afternoon mission to Cheltenham after a man in his 60’s and a woman in her 20’s were injured in separate horse riding accidents. They were both airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

Monday 23 May

A midday mission to Bulls for a man in his 50’s who was sustained a leg injury while cutting down some trees. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital. Later that afternoon, the helicopter was called to Dannevirke for a woman in her 70’s with a medical emergency. She was taken to Palmerston North Hospital.

Tuesday 24 May

A midday mission to Waiouru for a woman in her 20’s who suffered a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital. Shortly after, the helicopter was dispatched to Ohakune for a woman in her 80’s who was injured in a fall at her home. While on scene a 9-year-old boy injured his arm in a playground accident in Raetihi. The boy and his mum were transported by road the short distance to Ohakune and both, along with the woman, airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.

Thursday 26 May

A morning mission to Otaki for a woman in her 70’s with a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Wellington Hospital.

Saturday  28 May

An afternoon mission for the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ, after a Personal Locator Beacon was activated in the Otaki Forks area of the Tararua Ranges. The beacon location was in cloud, so the helicopter inserted Land SAR members close to the location. The LandSAR teams located the missing tramper later that night and assisted in guiding them to a pick up location. The next morning the rescue helicopter went back in to extract the LandSAR teams and the missing tramper.

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