Two missions to Whakatane for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Two missions to Whakatane for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Whakatane Hospital at 8am and 8pm on Saturday 6 May.

The first mission was for a 51-year-old Gisborne woman with a suspected spinal injury as a result of a car crash. The second flight was for a 20-year-old Kawerau woman with facial injuries after crashing off a motocross bike.

Both woman were seriously injured and transported under care of an ICU retrieval team back to Waikato Hospital.

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