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Helicopters to the rescue

Helicopters to the rescue

Posted August 31, 2020
Emergency Services

The Auckland Rescue Trust reported in on a very busy weekend with 18 missions between 9.33 am Friday and 3.01 pm Sunday afternoon when a Waihi motorcyclist was killed on Landlyst Road.

Westpac 1 was tasked to 12 missions while Westpac 2 attended 5 and a Rapid Response Vehicle responded to another incident.

Friday August 28
At 9.33 am Friday Westpac 1crew took off for Onetangi at Waiheke Island to assist a male patient in his teens suffering a fall of two metres. He was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition.

Westpac 1 was sent to Whitianga at 12.01 pm Friday to assist a male patient in his 70’s suffering a medical complaint. He was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

At 3.05 pm Westpac 1 crew flew to Matamata to assist a male patient in his 80’s suffering a medical complaint. He was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

Te Kauwhata was the next mission for Westpac 1 crew who were tasked to Te Kauwhata at 5.45 pm to assist a boy suffering a medical condition. He was flown to Starship Hospital in a moderate condition.

Westpac 1 flew their last mission for the day to Pauanui at 9.25 pm on Friday to assist a male patient in his 80’s suffering a medical complaint. He was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

Saturday August 29
At 9.00 am on Saturday morning a crew took a Rapid Response Vehicle to Manurewa to assist a patient who had been stabbed. Crew were stood down and returned tobase.

Westpac 1 took off at 9.27 am for Beachlands where a female patient in her 30’s suffered a fall off a step ladder. She was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition.

At 11.59 am Westpac 2 crew were tasked to Waiuku to assist a female patient in her 50’s who had fallen off a horse and been kicked. She was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition.

Westpac 1 flew to Piha to assist a male patient in his 30’s suffering a non-fatal drowning. Crew were stood down enroute and retasked to mission 725 instead.

At 1.36 pm Westpac1 flew to Waiheke Island to assist a male patient in his 70’s suffering a medical complaint at Onetangi. He was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a moderate condition.

Then at 6.13 pm Westpac 1 flew to Tuakau to help an infant who had been hit by a vehicle. The boy was flown to Starship Hospital in a serious condition.

At 11.20 pm Westpac 1 finished their day’s work travelling to Coromandel to assist a male patient in his 70’s suffering a medical complaint. Due to adverse weather conditions he was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a moderate condition.

Sunday 30 August
At 12.21 pm on Sunday Westpac 1 was needed at Murrays Bay where crew assisted a female patient in her 30’s suffering a fall on some rocks. Because of the difficult location, a crew member needed to be winch inserted to retrieve the patient. She was flown to North Shore Hospital in a minor condition.

Waiheke Island was the destination for Westpac 2 at 2.23pm on Sunday afternoon. A male patient in his 70’s was suffering a medical condition. Crew were stood down enroute and retasked to mission Kopu to assist instead.

A motorcycle accident on the Kopu-Hikuai Road. Kopu a male patient in his 20’s involved in a motorcycle accident. Crew were stood down on arrival and retasked to a mission involving another motorcyclist at Waihi instead at 3.01 pm asthe Waikato Rescue Helicopter was able to assist at the Kopu Hikuai Road incident.

Westpac 1 transported a male patient in his 70’s suffering a medical condition to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition at 2.38 pm.

The mission Westpac 2 was retasked to at Waihi was to assist a male patient in his 50’s also involved in a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately the patient died and Westpac 2 returned to base.