On the afternoon of Sunday 21 August the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a trail ride event near Pongakawa, Bay of Plenty, to a 51-year-old Tauranga man who had received serious chest injuries when he collided with another rider. He was treated at the scene by the event medics before being flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition. The other rider was uninjured in the crash.
On arrival at Tauranga Hospital the rescue helicopter was called back to the same event for another rider injured in a separate incident. However, the helicopter was stood down while enroute, as the patients condition was not as serious as initially suspected.