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Two rescue missions to Mt Ruapehu

At about 12.20pm on the 14th of March, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing for a woman who was suffering from a medical condition. The woman was airlifted to Taupo Hospital for further treatment.

Around 4.30pm that afternoon, the crew was tasked by the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ for a beacon activation on Mount Ruapehu. A 52-year-old male had fallen approximately 5 metres onto rocks injuring his head and pelvis. The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was able to land near the scene and the crew was assisted by Ruapehu Alpine Rescue members to place the man onto a stretcher. The man was then hover loaded into the rescue helicopter from his location at approximately 7000 metres on the summit ridge.

The man was then flown to the carpark area at Whakapapa where he was stabilised prior to flying him to Rotorua Hospital for further treatment.

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