Ten missions for rescue helicopter
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.