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Three runners trapped at Whakatane Heads

Three runners were trapped on a steep ridge at Whakatane Heads yesterday afternoon.

They had been running from Ohope Beach to Whakatane, when the incoming tide forced them off the lower track to the ridge line.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Kohi Pt.

All three runners were winched to safety using the Port of Tauranga rescue winch.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched due to the rugged and steep terrain.

Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter equipped with the Port of Tauranga Winch

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter at Kohi Pt, Whaktane Heads

About Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) 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 Tauranga’s principal sponsor’s, Trustpower and TECT, and the rescue winch sponsor Port of Tauranga. 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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