In the early hours of Monday morning, the on-duty crew for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter were tasked by Rescue Coordination Centre to a beacon activation in the Ruahine Ranges.
The crew tracked the beacon and found a party of five on a tramping trip that had spent a cold and wet night out in the open after not getting to the hut the previous day.
Thankfully no one the in party was injured but they were transported out of the ranges.
Later on in the afternoon, the crew was dispatched to Rotorua to transport a patient to Waikato Hospital for specialist surgery.
Whilst returning to base the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew were redirected to a motor vehicle accident near Tokoroa.
Once at the scene the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was able to assist ambulance staff with a critical patient. The crew landed at the scene within 1 minute of getting tasked with the job. The patient was treated and transported to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.
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