Te Puke woman airlifted to hospital | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Te Puke woman airlifted to hospital

A Te Puke woman was airlifted to hospital by the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter after the crew were called to attend a farm incident.

The Tauranga-based rescue helicopter was dispatched at approximately 3.00pm yesterday to a 32-year-old female suffering from a serious head injury in what was believed to be a horse-related. The patient was stabilised at the scene by St John paramedics before being swiftly airlifted to Tauranga Hospital for further treatment.

The second mission of the day was at 6.00pm. The helicopter was tasked to Omaio, on the East Cape, where a 74-year-old male suffered a very serious medical event that needed immediate hospital care. The New Zealand Fire Service secured a landing area on the side of the road for the rescue helicopter while St John paramedics stabilised the man before being flown to Tauranga hospital. The flight was completed using Night Vision Goggles.

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 Tauranga’s principal sponsors, Trustpower and TECT. 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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