Pirongia Winch Rescue | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Pirongia Winch Rescue

On Saturday, June 12, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Rotorua Hospital for a patient in their twenties suffering a medical condition.

The onboard crew transported the patient to Auckland Hospital.

The same morning, the onboard crew responded to a beacon activation on Mt Pirongia for a female patient in her forties who had sustained an arm injury.

The patient was winched out of the dense bush and flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

In the evening, the helicopter was dispatched to Taranaki Base Hospital for a patient suffering a cardiac event.

The patient was transported to Waikato Hospital.

Later, they were tasked to Tauranga Hospital for a 13-year-old patient suffering from a medical condition.

The onboard crew flew the patient to Waikato Hospital.

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Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

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