It was quieter week for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter with four missions and crew training
Tuesday, 15 December: An afternoon call-out to Kiwitea, north of Feilding, to assist a farm worker injured in a collision between a ute and a farm bike. The patient was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
Friday, 18 December: An early morning mission to Pukeokahu, north of Taihape, where an elderly man had slipped and fallen in his home suffering hip injuries. He was stabilised at the scene before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.
Saturday, 19 December: A midnight call-out to Peka Peka, near Waikanae for a local 20 year old female who had suffered serious injuries in a car-related accident. The patient was flown to Wellington Hospital in a stable condition. The crew used Night Vision Goggles to complete the mission finally arriving back in Palmerston North at 2.30am.
Sunday. 20 December: A mid-afternoon call to Taihape where a Hastings woman in her 40’s was knocked over by a loose horse that had broken free from a tethering point. The incident occurred at a dressage competition. It was reported the patient had not seen the panicked horse before it had collided with her at full force, knocking her unconscious to the ground. The patient was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.
About Philips Search and Rescue Trust
Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.
Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.
Philips Search & Rescue Trust operates:
Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Waikato King Country
Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Bay of Plenty
BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, Rotorua – Bay of Plenty
Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, Taupo – Central Plateau
Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Manawatu – Whanganui
Westpac Air Ambulance (Fixed wing), Nationwide