Woman airlifted from the Whanganui River | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Woman airlifted from the Whanganui River

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to John Coull Hut in the Whanganui River, on Thursday 5 January, to a woman in her 20’s was suffering a severe allergic reaction following an insect bite.

The patient was stabilised at the scene by the on-board St John Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Whanganui Hospital in a stable condition.

The rescue helicopter was used for the mission due to the remote and inaccessible location of the patient.

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