The Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue helicopter was dispatched to Turangi yesterday afternoon. A vehicle had crashed into a tree resulting in serious injuries to the occupants. The fire service had to use cutting equipment to remove the cars occupants.
Three helicopters attended the scene and three people were flown to Waikato hospital with serious injuries.
First Tongariro Crossing injury for the summer season
The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter attended the first injury on the Tongariro crossing for this summer season. A woman with an ankle injury was flown to Taupo Hospital after she hurt herself in the Red Crater/ Emerald Lakes area. On the same day a motocross rider was also flown from the track in Taupo to Rotorua Hospital with leg injuries.
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 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.