Search and Rescue Operation | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Search and Rescue Operation

This afternoon around 1:39pm the TECT Rescue Helicopter was alerted by the Rescue Coordination Centre to a beacon activation 18 miles off the coast of Tauranga.

The TECT Rescue Helicopter arrived at the location of the beacon signal and began a search of the area. A life raft firing a flare was sighted By onboard Helicopter crewman and the TECT Rescue Helicopter was joined on the scene by an NZDF King Air.

The TECT Rescue Helicopter stayed on scene with the King Air providing air support and tracking the life raft until a Coastguard Vessel arrived to uplift the 2 uninjured survivors in the life raft.

It is believed their 29ft vessel had sunk and all persons on the boat were accounted for.

We here at the TECT 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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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.

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