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Three rescue helicopters required for MVA

Three rescue helicopters were dispatched to Taupo last night at around 8.15pm to uplift multiple patients from a two car collision on State Highway 5.

Rotorua’s BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter and the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter were paged to respond to the incident.

St John Ambulance staff initially transported the patients to Taupo Hospital. The Philips Search and Rescue Trust helicopters uplifted the patients from there. Two patients were airlifted to Waikato Hospital and three were flown to Rotorua Hospital in a serious condition.

Flights were undertaken with the assistance of Night Vision Goggles with challenging weather conditions.

For further information please contact Taupo Police.

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About Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Rotorua’s principal sponsor, BayTrust, Waikato’s principal sponsor, Westpac and Taupo’s principal sponsor, Greenlea. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.

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Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

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