Retrieval of a 62-year old male | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Retrieval of a 62-year old male

The Westpac Air Ambulance Team was paged at 16:16 hours and departed at 18:12 hours for Gisborne Hospital.

The team was tasked to retrieve a 62 year old male with undiagnosed back pain, transported to Waikato Hospital for further investigation.

The flight crew onboard Captain > Carlee McCaw, First Officer > Alyce Wilson and Flight Nurse > Permal Samy.

They returned to Base about 23:30 hours.


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