Recent missions for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Recent missions for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter has responded to the following jobs over the last week.

Wednesday 12th February – The team was tasked to Pahiatua were a woman in her 20’s was having a number of seizures. She was initially stabilised at the scene by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital for further assessment.

Thursday 13th February – The crew transferred a patient to Hutt Hospital who had suffered serious burns to his chest and arms. The man in his 60’s was stable throughout and was treated at Hutt Hospital by the Specialist Burns Team.

Friday 14th February – The following day the crew again, took a patient to Hutt Hospital who this time required urgent surgery to attach an amputated finger.

Saturday 15th February – In the early hours, the crew was tasked to a motor vehicle accident in Ranana a small village on the Whanganui River Road. A male occupant of the vehicle was found to have fatal injuries. The two other occupants in the vehicle had moderate injuries and were treated at the scene.

Saturday 15th February – Later on in the day the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Rangitikei River near Bulls were a vehicle had rolled while crossing the river, the occupants were momentarily trapped and were able to self-extricate just before the helicopter got to the scene.

Saturday 15th February – In the afternoon the helicopter was tasked to Shannon to a motor vehicle accident involving a car and a truck.

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