Weekend recap for Greenlea Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Weekend recap for Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

On Friday afternoon the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter flew to Atiamuri for a motor vehicle accident.

Once at the scene, the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic treated a male in his 30’s with neck and back injuries. The crew transported the patient via their new vacuum spinal mattress through to Waikato Hospital.

On Saturday at midday, the on-duty crew were sent out the back of Rangitaiki off the Napier-Taupo Road to a motocross rider who crashed off-road and injured his shoulder and clavicle. He was treated on scene and flown to Hastings Hospital.

While flying back to base the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew were diverted to the Western Bays for a woman who had fallen from a horse.The crew transported her on the spinal mattress as she had neck pain.

On Sunday morning Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew transported a gentleman in his 80’s who was injured in a motor vehicle accident in town. He was flown from Taupo to Rotorua with serious chest injuries.

On our return, the crew were diverted to Pongakawa motocross track for a teenager who had crashed and had serious chest injuries. He was treated on the scene before being flown to Tauranga Hospital.

Finally, on Sunday evening Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew were called to transport a male in his 30’s with serious chest injuries through to Rotorua Hospital.

We here at the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

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