Two missions Saturday for Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

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Two missions Saturday for Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

First mission was a winch job near Kinloch mid afternoon. The patient was extracted by helicopter and flown to Taupo Hospital.

At 5.30pm the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Coromandel township of Whangamata to assist local emergency crews with a sick baby.

A 10 month old baby girl was suffering from a serious medical event and required immediate airlifting to Waikato Hospital.

She was transported to hospital with her mother in a serious condition for treatment.

Photo: Greenlea Rescue Helicopter & Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter on the Waikato Hospital helipad Saturday night.

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