Surfer struck by surfboard | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Surfer struck by surfboard

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Ruapuke beach, South of Raglan, yesterday evening, to retrieve a 22-year-old female who suffered a deep laceration of the left thigh, when she was struck by the fin of her surfboard. It was feared that the fin, which was completely sheared from the board by the impact, may have lacerated an artery.

Due to the severity of the injury and the remote location, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched.

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 donations. Special thanks to Waikato King Country’s principal sponsor, Westpac. 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.

To contribute to this life-saving service, please donate today. After all, you never know when you, a family member or friend may need our help.


Photo credit: Flickr/RussellStreet

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