This morning the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Coromandel township of Whangamata.
The crew retrieved a 58-year-old local who was suffering from respiratory distress. The patient was overseen by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Waikato Hospital for immediate medical attention.
Later on in the afternoon, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew flew to a farm South of Cambridge. The flying conditions were moderate due to the overcast day.
A 59 year old local was operating his digger on his property when suddenly his digger rolled in a small quarry, severely injuring the man.
The patient was transported to Waikato Hospital in a stable condition.
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