Ten missions for rescue helicopter

Last updated 12:00 24/12/2013

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The Palmerston North rescue helicopter has had a busy week, flying 10 missions and one training sortie.

A man and a woman in their 60s were flown to Palmerston North Hospital with injuries after a car crash near Horopito, north of Ohakune, on Monday, December 16.

The woman, of Palmerston North, and the man, of Taumarunui, both suffered chest injuries.

That night, a 16-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries after falling from a quad bike, near Flemington, east of Dannevirke.

On Tuesday, December 17, an Otaki man in his 60s was flown to Palmerston North Hospital with a serious medical condition.

Later in the day a 3-year-old toddler was also flown from Parewanui Forest, near Himatangi Beach, after suffering serious burns.

A 30-year-old man was injured near Eketahuna when a tree he was pruning fell on him on Wednesday, December 18.

That night Keryn Swainson, 20, of Hunterville, died after the car she was driving crashed through a bridge guard rail in Turakina Valley Rd and plunged into the Turakina River. And a Waiouru man, 43, was hurt in a fall from his motorcycle.

Both the night missions were flown with the crew using night vision goggles.

A shearer, 16, suffered serious head injuries while working a wool press near Dannevirke on Saturday. He was flown to Palmerston North Hospital.

That night a Tangiwai man, 45, was flown to Whanganui Hospital with a serious medical condition.

During the training sortie the crew did some maintenance test flying activities after scheduled aircraft maintenance, rescue helicopter pilot Chris Moody said.

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