Port of Tauranga rescue winch, Ohope | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Port of Tauranga rescue winch, Ohope

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Ohope beach at 2:30pm yesterday where a 85 year old male was gardening at his home and slipped and fell.

The man fell approximately 20 metres down a steep bank. Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) initially responded and climbed down to the patient but were unable to retrieve him.  A FENZ high angle rescue team were then dispatched from Hamilton, flown by the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter winched a paramedic down using the Port Of Tauranga Winch.

With the help of the FENZ team the patient was winched into the helicopter. He received a shoulder injury and lacerations and was taken to Whakatane Hospital for assessment.

Both rescue helicopter teams were then tasked north of Opotiki where a 63 year old male suffered a serious medical event that required immediate treatment.

He was flown to Tauranga Hospital for further assessment and treatment.



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