On Friday 29th May the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Craters Mountain Bike Park, a popular mountain biking network in Wairakei Forest on the outskirts of Taupo.
A male in his 50’s was suffering from a heart attack whilst out in the Bike Park. He was in a remote part of the park, due to fog rolling into the area and dark approaching the crew performed a quick winch to extract him out and transported quickly to Taupo Hospital.
Early in the morning on Saturday 30th of May the team was dispatched to Turangi to assist an ambulance crew with a patient in critical condition. He was treated on scene and transported with a 30 min flight to Rotorua Hospital.
As the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter arrived back from Rotorua they were sent to the Taupo Motorsport Park. A race car with 2 people in it caught fire while racing. They both received facial burns and had signs of airway burns. They were treated on scene by an ambulance before the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter transported both to Waikato Hospital for specialist care.
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