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Personal Locator Beacon saves local farmer

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a South Waikato farm in Otorohanga just after 10 am this morning.
 
A 58-year old local farmer had dislocated his hip and was unable to move. Fortunately, he had a personal locator beacon with him and was able to activate it to get help.
The signal was tracked to his location.
 
He was overseen by our Intensive Care Paramedic – Andy Windle and airlifted to Waikato Hospital where he was sedated before his hip was successfully re-located.
 
A great example of the benefits of PLB’s to farmers working alone and/or in remote areas.

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