Rescue helicopter kept busy over weekend
Disgruntled cattle beasts, a motorbike mishap and medical emergencies have kept the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter up in the air at the weekend.
At 7am on Sunday, the helicopter was called to a Norsewood dairy farm, north of Dannevirke, where a farm worker in his 20s suffered serious leg injuries after he was knocked from his farm bike by an aggrieved cow.
He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital after being stablised by the St John Ambulance.
Later that morning, the helicopter attended the Dannevirke Show Grounds, where a 65-year-old Hastings man was suffering a medical emergency about 10.30am.
Local fire brigade and police crews were called in to help cordon a landing site among the crowds, and the man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital.
After a busy morning, the helicopter crew arrived at the Emergency Services Open Day at Bunnythorpe about midday, carrying police armed offenders squad members into the Bunnythorpe Domain as part of a mock pursuit, before transporting a "patient" from a mock car crash.
On Friday, the crew was called to Levin where a man had seriously injured his hand in a sawmill.
He required urgent specialist surgery and was airlifted to Hutt Hospital.
On Thursday, a Raetihi farmer was taken to Whanganui Hospital after his quad bike rolled about midday, and later that evening another farmer joined him at hospital, from a property near Rangiwae Junction, near Waiouru, after he was charged by a bull during stock work.
On Tuesday, the helicopter attended a Marton man who was injured in a motor cross accident.
He too was flown to Whanganui Hospital.