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

Two morning missions for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched early on the morning of Saturday 2 June to a motor vehicle crash, where a car had collided with a tree.

A female occupant sustained multiple injuries. She was stablised on the onboard paramedics before being airlifted to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

The rescue helicopter was dispatched again around 11 am to Te Aroha, where a man in his 50’s was suffering a serious medical event. He was stablised at the scene via paramedics, before being flown to Waikato Hospital.

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