Three locations in 24 hours | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Three locations in 24 hours

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew had a busy day on Sunday, being tasked to three individual mission locations throughout the day.

On Sunday morning the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Whitianga, tasked with airlifting a patient back to Waikato Hospital.

Later in the evening, the crew was tasked to the South Waikato town of Piopio. The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew airlifted a local woman in her twenties suffering a serious medical event to Waikato Hospital.

The last mission for the day ended in Taharoa where a woman was suffering from a serious medical event. The patient was carefully monitored by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic whilst being flown to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.


We here at the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

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