At 5pm on Thursday, the on-duty crew for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Taumarunui located in the Central North Island, to attend a serious crash.
Due to the inclement weather, that Waikato was experiencing on Thursday the flight was conducted under IFR (instrument flight rules) in some challenging conditions.
Due to the seriousness of the 36-year-old man’s condition, he was required to be stabilised in Taumarunui Hospital by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic and hospital doctors.
Fortunately, the weather eventually passed for the medivac’s return, undertaken in the dark using NVG (night vision goggles).
The man received multiple injuries in the single-motor-vehicle accident and was airlifted to Waikato Hospital for continuing treatment.
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