Winch rescue from SH23 | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Winch rescue from SH23

On Saturday afternoon on-duty crew for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter conducted a rescue operation requiring a winch extraction of two people from a motor vehicle accident on SH23 Whatawhata Road.

A car had lost control and gone off the road into a steep gully requiring a winch retrieval. The onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was winched down into the scene carefully bring up one individual at a time from the vehicle.

A female and male in their late 30’s were airlifted from the scene in stable condition. Both patients transferred to Waikato Hospital for medical treatment.


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