Young girl falls from flying fox in Pahiatua | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Young girl falls from flying fox in Pahiatua

At around 5pm on Tuesday evening the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Pahiatua, a rural town in the south-eastern North Island.

An 11-year-old girl had fallen approximately 6 meters from a flying fox.  She was assessed on scene by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic and it was identified she possible spinal injures. The young girl was loaded onto the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter with the assistance of the local fire brigade.

She was flown to Palmerston North Hospital, accompanied by her Nanny, for further assessment.

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