The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Ruahine Ranges on evening of Wednesday 28 June, where a 67-year-old lady from Feilding had suffered a broken leg in a tramping fall.
The lady was on an organised tramping club event in the Coppermine Track area when the accident happened. The alarm was raised by the party activating their distress beacon, which was detected by the Rescue Coordination Centre in Wellington and then able to be tracked by the rescue helicopter crew.
The on-board St John Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic was hoisted into the patient’s location to stabilise the her injury.
The rescue helicopter then returned to the scene to conduct a night hoist extraction of both the patient and paramedic before airlifting her to Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.