Three missions for the Trustpower TECT rescue team | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Three missions for the Trustpower TECT rescue team

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter undertook three missions on Friday 21 December.

The first, early in the morning, was to Whangamata on the Coromandel Peninsular.  A 29 year old Auckland woman had become unwell during the night with suspected appendicitis. She was airlifted to Tauranga Hospital in a moderate condition.

Next up, an inter-hospital transfer for a  75 year old Tauranga woman.  She was flown from Tauranga Hospital to Waikato Hospital where she was to undergo specialist surgery for a medical condition.
The rescue team where once again dispatched at around 9.30 pm to a two car crash near Opotiki where three people required transport to hospital.
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter transported a man in his 50s with serious injuries to Waikato Hospital.  The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter flew a 54 year old Opotiki woman to Whakatane Hospital in a serious condition.

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