Young boy injured on Turoa Ski Field | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Young boy injured on Turoa Ski Field

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Turoa Skifield shortly after 1pm on Sunday.

The on-duty crew picked up a 13-year-old boy who was suffering from a head injury. The crew transported him and his mother back to Waikato Hospital.

The on-duty crew for the day was Phillip Wilson – Pilot,  Simon Burrows- Intensive Care Paramedic, and Dave Helliwell – Crewman.

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