Two missions for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Two missions for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter attended two jobs back to back this afternoon.

The first to Taihape where a man in his 20’s was injured playing rugby. The man had received a heavy blow to his head during a tackle and was, for a short time, rendered unconscious.

When he came too he was suffering some loss of feeling in his limbs and was treated at the scene by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic for suspected spinal injuries. He was flown to Whanganui Hospital for further treatment.

Prior to departing form Whanganui Hospital the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked by police to search for a two-year-old child that had disappeared near the mouth of the Whanganui River.

After a short search by the rescue helicopter along with police, family, and local residents the child was found under some lupin bushes in the nearby sand dunes safe and well.


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