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Helicopters to the Rescue

Helicopters to the Rescue

Posted September 22, 2021

On Sunday, September 19, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called out to Waihi for a male patient in his sixties suffering a cardiac event.

The patient was flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

At 12.58 pm on Tuesday Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust’s Westpac 2 crew responded to assist a boy involved in a motor vehicle accident at Coromandel. He was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust’s Westpac 1 crew flew to Thames at 3.33 pm to assist with the interhospital transfer of a female patient in her 20’s involved in a motor vehicle accident. She was flown from Thames Hospital to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

The incidents above are just some of the incidents responded to in the past week. Rescue helicopters can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter serves the Waikato, King Country and Coromandel regions and the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust provides rescue missions to the greater Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula.