Three missions for the on-duty Greenlea crew | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Three missions for the on-duty Greenlea crew

At 3:30am this morning the on-duty crew for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident near Mangakino.

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter were tasked with locating the crash from the air, the crew landed just out of Wharepapa South on Waipapa Rd. A male in his 20’s was driving his ute when it rolled multiple times into a paddock. The male was thrown from his vehicle receiving serious injuries.

He was treated at the scene by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being flown to Waikato Hospital with serious leg injuries.

A second mission came in at 7.30am with the crew being tasked on an inter-hospital transfer for a 32-year-old male who had a heart blockage. He was flown from Taupo Hospital to Waikato Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Later on in the evening at 6.05pm the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Crew were tasked to Mount Tauhara where a 60-year-old female had fractured her ankle in a fall while descending on the walking track.

The onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was winched down to the track through a small opening in the trees. The patient was put in a splint and prepared to be winched back into the helicopter, the patient was flown to Rotorua Hospital for further medical treatment.

We here at the Greenlea 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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