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Two winch rescues in a day

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Mt Taranaki to a man in his 20’s who had taken a fall whilst hiking.

The man and his companion were descending down a track when the man tripped and fell on a steep part of the trail. Due to the nature of his injuries, he was unable to continue. On arrival at the scene, it was quickly determined by the steep terrain that the man would need to be recovered by a winch.

The onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was dropped in beside the injured man and he was treated and then winched to the helicopter. The injured man was flown to Taranaki Base Hospital for further treatment.

On return from the mission in Taranaki, just on dark, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Balance Gorge Road near Woodville. A car was seen to leave the road at high speed and plunge into a deep gully. On arrival at the scene, it was determined the vehicle had traveled some considerable distance (approx. 100mts) from the edge of the road before plunging into the bush below.

Fire and Emergency crews from Palmerston North and Woodville were able to rope down to ascertain the condition of the occupant, a male in his 50’s, who was miraculously unharmed, having only received minor cuts and bruises. The helicopter crew was able to insert the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic into the scene with the use of there Night Vision Googles and ‘Down Wire’ lighting and extract the man to safety.

He was taken to Palmerston North Hospital for observation.

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