Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifts 4 after yacht sinks off Cape Brett
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Posted October 15, 2019
Emergency Services ,
At 1 pm yesterday the crew of the Westpac1 rescue helicopter were tasked by the Rescue Coordination Centre to assist with the search and rescue for four patients whose yacht had sunk off Cape Brett.
An Air Force P3 Orion 120 km north of Whangarei also assisted and dropped a life raft to the patients, then kept watch over the helicopter rescue .
When Westpac1 arrived , two persons were in the water and two were in the life raft. The patients were one female, in her 50’s, in a critical condition, two males (age unknown) in a moderate condition and unfortunately one other male patient (age unknown) was deceased.
All four patients were winched aboard Westpac1 by Intensive Care Paramedic Karl Taylor and then flown to Northland Emergency Services Trust’s Kensington Park Base in Whangarei.
An awaiting ambulance took them to Whangarei Base Hospital. Westpac 3’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Doctor Scott McGilvray took over on Westpac1’s return and escorted the female patient by ambulance to hospital.
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