Remote rescue to Ruatahuna | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Remote rescue to Ruatahuna

At 1100am on this morning the Rotorua-based  BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the remote Te Urewera township of Ruatahuna (80 km SE of Rotorua).

Battling strong winds and deteriorating weather in the area, the helicopter was able to make it through to the patient.

A 60-year-old local woman was suffering a serious medical event. An Advanced care paramedic from St John crewed the rescue helicopter, assessed and stabilised the patient upon arrival.

The patient was initially bound for Rotorua Hospital but on route her condition deteriorated so  she was flown directly to Waikato hospital.

On arrival at Waikato Hospital her condition was listed as serious.


About Philips Search and Rescue Trust                                 

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 donations. Special thanks to Rotorua’s principal sponsor, BayTrust. 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.

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