The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matamata this afternoon, to retrieve a man in his 70’s who was struck by a falling tree branch.
The man ventured outside his home in Te Poi while trees were being trimmed. A branch fell from approximately 10 metres, striking him in the head.
After being assessed at the scene and found to be highly agitated and combative, he was transported to Matamata, where the ambulance was met by the rescue helicopter that had transported two Intensive Care Paramedics from Hamilton.
He flown to Waikato Hospital accompanied by his wife.