Yesterday evening at 5.30pm the Tauranga based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Kaha where two cars had collided head on on the outskirts of town.
A 59-year-old Opotiki woman holidaying in the area received serious chest injuries when her car was struck by another vehicle. The woman was the only occupant in the car and was on her way in to town to pick up Fish and Chips for dinner.
She was flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition.
The occupants of the other vehicle received only minor to moderate injuries.
About Philips Search and Rescue Trust
Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.
Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.
Philips Search & Rescue Trust operates:
Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Waikato King Country
Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Bay of Plenty
BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, Rotorua – Bay of Plenty
Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, Taupo – Central Plateau
Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Manawatu – Whanganui
Westpac Air Ambulance (Fixed wing), Nationwide