Rescue missions to Whangamata and Cambridge | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

COVID 19 – UPDATE FROM YOUR RESCUE HELICOPTER

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Rescue missions to Whangamata and Cambridge

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.

We here at the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

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Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

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