Young girl falls from horse | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Young girl falls from horse

Yesterday afternoon, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matakana Island to airlift a young local girl who had fallen from her horse. She received lower leg injuries and a suspected neck injury.

The 12-year-old was tended to by the Matakana Island first responders, then the helicopter medic stabilised her injuries before she was flown to Tauranga hospital for treatment.

The rescue helicopter was tasked because of the quick and easy access to Tauranga Hospital it provides those who are sick or injured on the island.


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