The Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Orokawa Bay, the next bay around north west of Waihi Beach, yesterday afternoon at 2.00pm.
A 54-year-old Tauranga woman-walking a bush track with a group, slipped and fractured her ankle. Due to the difficult terrain and the patient’s injury, the Port of Tauranga Rescue Winch was used to lower a St John Paramedic down to tend to the patient. Once her injured leg was stabilised, the medic and injured tramper were winched into the helicopter before being flown to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.
More 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 Tauranga’s principal sponsors, Trustpower and TECT. 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.