Winch rescue in rural community | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Winch rescue in rural community

On the morning of Sunday, February 7th, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter transported a patient suffering a cardiac event from Pahiatua to Wellington Hospital.

Later that afternoon the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the back of Ohau, a rural community in the Horowhenua District. A group of passing trampers set off a personal locator beacon for a tramper who had collapsed on the track.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew to the scene and winched the patient from the bush. The patient was then transported to Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.


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