Quad bike rollover | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Quad bike rollover

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a farm at Whakamarama on Friday 5 August, at around 6.45pm, where a 70-year-old male was riding a quad bike and rolled down a hill.

The accident happened about midday and when the man failed to show up at home, locals and family members went looking for him. He was found late evening and had suffered a serious leg injury that required medical attention by paramedics before he could be moved to an area where the rescue helicopter could land.

Fire and rescue also responded and helped to carry the patient to the helicopter. The helicopter was called due to the location that was only accessible by 4 wheel drive.

Philips Rescue Helicopters, Trust Power TECT Rescue Helicopter base, Tauranga, Wednesday 26 April 2017. Photo: Stephen Barker/Barker Photography.
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