Waiheke Island for the Waikato Rescue Team | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Waiheke Island for the Waikato Rescue Team

At 1.30pm Friday 4 January, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was despatched to Waiheke Island to provide medical assistance to a local man who had fallen ill.

Initially the man was treated by local medics before the helicopter was requested due to the mans deteriorating condition.
He was stabilised by the helicopter crew then flown to Auckland Hospital in a serious condition.

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