Two missions on the Coromandel Peninsula within 24 hours | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Two missions on the Coromandel Peninsula within 24 hours

On Tuesday the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the township of Whangamata in the late afternoon.

A 92-year old local woman had fallen at home and fractured her pelvis, she lay prone for two days before her neighbors found her. She was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

In the evening the crew was dispatched to the Coromandel township where two patients received multiple injuries in a head-on car crash. We flew a local 66-year-old woman to Tauranga Hospital with chest and neck injuries her condition was serious.

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