The Rotorua-based BayTrust Rescue helicopter was tasked to the Te Urewera settlement of Ruatahuna yesterday at approximately 2pm.
An elderly resident at a local Marae had fallen ill and required medical attention. An ambulance was initially sent from Murupara, but due to the distance involved the helicopter was dispatched.
Upon landing the patient was quickly assessed by the St John helicopter crew and the patient was airlifted to Rotorua Hospital. The 86 year old local woman was in a comfortable condition upon reaching hospital.
Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Rotorua’s principal sponsor, BayTrust. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.