Three missions back to back for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Three missions back to back for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Tauwhare, east of Hamilton on Saturday 3 January to retrieve a 57-year old female who fell from her horse, sustaining an injury to her pelvis.

A few hours later, the rescue helicopter transported a Waikato Hospital ICU team to Taupo Hospital to retrieve an 18-year-old male who fell off a tractor, which then ran over him resulting in a pelvic injury.

Immediately upon return, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Kawhia to transport an 80-year-old female who fell and received a serious laceration to her head.

All three patients were flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

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