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Helicopters to the rescue

Helicopters to the rescue

Posted October 11, 2021
Emergency Services

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters flew 13 missions between last Friday and Sunday assisting with water incidents, medical events and motor vehicle accidents.

At 10.30 am on Friday October 8 Westpac 1 crew flew to Maraetai to assist a person in the water. Crew were stood down and returned to base.

At 11.44 am on Friday the Westpac 2 crew were tasked to Bombay to assist at a motor vehicle accident involving a truck that had gone through a medium barrier and caught fire on the southern motorway. Unfortunately, the driver of the truck died. Crew assisted a male patient in his 60’s in another vehicle. He was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition.

Westpac 1 crew were back in the air at 1.06 pm on Friday to Bethells Beach to assist a male patient in his 60’s who was swept off some rocks. He was in a moderate condition. Transportation to hospital by helicopter wasn’t required and crew returned to base.

At 8.00 pm Friday Westpac 2 crew were tasked to Ahipara to assist a critical patient involved in a motor vehicle accident. Crew were stood down enroute and returned to base.

Then at 10.25 pm Westpac 1 assiste with the interhospital transfer of a baby. The baby was flown from Waikato Hospital to Auckland City Hospital.

On Saturday, October 9, at 9.05 am Westpac 1 crew headed to Cornwallis to assist Police with a male patient involved in a diving accident. Unfortunately, the patient died and crew returned to base.

Back in the air at 1.34 pm Saturday, Westpac 1 was tasked to assist with the interhospital transfer of organs. They were flown from Whangarei Base Hospital to Auckland City Hospital.

Westpac 3 headed to Waiheke Island at 1.55 pm where they assisted a female patient in her 50’s at Onetangi suffering a medical complaint. She was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition.

Saturday was a busy one with Westpac 3 crew back in the air at 3.30 pm to Shelly Beach to assist at a reported motor vehicle accident. Crew were stood down enroute and returned to base.

Half an hour later at 4.00 pm Westpac 3 crew were airborne again headed for Karioitahi to assist a patient involved in a paragliding accident and in a moderate condition. Crew were stood down and returned to base.

Westpac 1 handled all call outs on Sunday October 10, covering three assists. The first was at 8.50 am to Makarau to assist a male patient in his 60’s suffering a medical complaint. He was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition.

Then at 2.46 pm Westpac 1 headed to the Manukau Harbour.

And at 4.47 pm Westpac 1 flew to Onetangi, Waiheke Island to assist a male patient in his 50’s suffering a medical complaint. Unfortunately, the patient died and crew returned to base.

Photo: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust - Westpac 2 over the Bombay accident site.