Busy Thursday for Westpac 2 Rescue Helicopter
You couldn’t call it a lucky accident but it was lucky for a lady who fractured her ankle that an intensive care paramedic just happened to have been winch inserted on to the same track to assist another woman who had fractured her ankle. Confused?
Westpac 2 was called to Pauanui on the Coromandel at 10.23 yesterday morning to assist a woman in her 40’s who had slipped on a walking track and fractured her ankle. When the paramedic was winched in, a second woman in her 50’s was also discovered further up the track with a fractured ankle. Both women were extracted by winch and flown to Auckland City Hospital, via Thames for a refuel of Westpac 2, and both were in a moderate condition.
Later, at 3.22 pm Westpac 2 flew to Motuihe Island to assist a man in his 60’s suffering burn injuries after an explosion on a boat not far from the island. Coastguard transported the patient from the boat to a jetty at Motuihe Island where the Westpac intensive care paramedic was waiting to treat him. A Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Doctor was also collected by Westpac 2 from Auckland City Hospital to assist the injured man. The patient was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition.
At 5.20 pm Westpac 2 was called to Great Barrier Island where a man in his 20’s suffered potential head/spinal injuries due to a surfing accident. He was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a moderate condition.
Westpac 2 crew then assisted a male in his 70’s suffering a medical complaint at Waikawau at 6.51 pm yesterday before flying the patient to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.