Sunday was an exceptionally busy day for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew with three back-to-back rescue missions.
The first mission of the day was a callout to Taihape after a 20-year-old male inhaled fumes from a fire extinguisher. He was stabilised on scene by St John staff before being airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was then dispatched to a trail ride south of Foxton after an 11- year-old boy was injured in a motorbike accident. He sustained leg injuries and was stabilised on scene by St John staff before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
The third rescue mission of the day saw the Rescue Helicopter being dispatched back to the trail ride south of Foxton, this time to retrieve a man in his 20s who was injured after a fall from his motorbike. He suffered leg injuries and was stabilised by St John staff before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
In all cases the helicopter was dispatched due to the nature of the injuries and the distance to hospital.
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. 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.