Quad bike accidents to a body recovery, it’s been a varied and busy time for the crew of the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew.
Wednesday 21 October – An evening mission to Mangaweka for a toddler injured in a quad bike accident. She was airlifted, along with her mother, to Palmerston North Hospital.
Saturday 24 October – A morning mission to Taihape for a baby girl with a medical emergency. She was airlifted, along with her mother, to Whanganui Hospital. Later that day the helicopter assisted Police in the search for two people missing after capsizing while canoeing the Whanganui river near Whakahoro. They were located and recovered by a jet boat that was also involved in the search.
Monday 26 October – A morning task to assist Police in the recovery of a body of a deceased tramper from the Ruahine Ranges. Later that evening the helicopter was tasked with an emergency maternity transfer from Palmerston North Hospital to Wellington Hospital.
Friday 30 October – An afternoon mission to Rangiwaea for a local woman in her 30s seriously injured falling from a horse. She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.
Saturday 31 October – A very early morning start using Night Vision Goggles to Taoroa Junction for a woman in her 20s with a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital
Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community contributions. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service has been made possible through the generosity of community donations. Principal sponsorship is currently being sought. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.