On Sunday at around 5.30pm the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was once again tasked back to Turoa Ski Field for the second time in one day to assist with a search for a party of 4 people who had got into difficulty near Springbok.
One of the party had skied off a cliff and sustained serious head and leg injuries. The initial search located the party just after dark with the aid of Night Vision Goggles and the RARO team was dropped in nearby.
Once located a Snow Cat was able to be directed to their location and assisted the RARO team to recover them back to the Turoa Medical Centre. A male in his 40’s was initially treated at the Medical Center by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital.