Six callouts for rescue helicopter

After a relatively quiet period, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter has again been busy with six callouts and training in the past week.

A man airlifted to hospital from a farm north of Marton after his quad bike rolled on him during the weekend was among the callouts. He had moderate back injuries and was flown to Wanganui Hospital on Saturday morning. A Wanganui Hospital spokesman said yesterday the man was in a satisfactory condition.

The rescue helicopter also responded to an early-morning callout yesterday to Raetihi for a serious medical emergency. The patient was taken to Palmerston North Hospital. 

In the past week the helicopter was busy with emergency calls and training exercises. It transported a soldier at Waiouru Military Camp injured in a training exercise to Hutt Valley Hospital on Wednesday. On its return, the helicopter responded to a vehicle roll-over accident near Cheltenham. Later that afternoon, the helicopter was used to conduct winch-training for St John.

On Thursday a child was transferred to Wellington Hospital during a night-time emergency mission and the next day transported an injured skier from Turoa skifield to Wanganui Hospital.

Manawatu Standard