Stranded couple rescued from Manawatu River, Awapuni | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Stranded couple rescued from Manawatu River, Awapuni

A stranded couple were rescued from the Manawatu River, near Awapuni on Saturday afternoon.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter responded to a call out around midday as two people were reported to be stranded in the middle of the river clinging onto a submerged branch.

On arrival at the scene, the pair had been joined by a Fire Service rescue swimmer.  All three were recovered to the safety of the river bank by the rescue helicopter crew using the rescue hoist and a recovery basket.

The two patients were treated at Palmerston North Hospital for hypothermia.


About Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community contributions. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service has been made possible through the generosity of community donations. Principal sponsorship is currently being sought. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.

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