The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 6:30pm, on 6 November, to transport a 66 year old male to Waikato Hospital.
The man had a serious medical condition and required specialist care.
While at the Waikato base the helicopter was tasked to meet a road ambulance at Tauranga Hospital. The ambulance had a 67 year old male onboard who had fallen, suffering a serious spinal injury.
The patient was stabilised before being flown to Middlemore Hospital for further assessment and treatment. The flight was conducted under the use of night vision goggles.
At 2am, on the 7th November, the helicopter was tasked by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre to locate an emergency locator beacon that had been activated in the Kaimai ranges.
With the specialised equipment fitted to the helicopter the area was extensively searched. After a period of time the helicopter was stood down and returned to base.
The search effort was conducted under the use of night vision goggles.