Helicopter kept busy

21:00, Apr 25 2014

The Palmerston North rescue helicopter was called out eight times in 48 hours this week.

The first callout, on Tuesday evening, was for a Taihape woman with a serious medical condition, who was taken to Wanganui Hospital.

The helicopter was diverted to Ohingaiti on its return and the St John intensive care paramedic on board was needed to stabilise a patient in an ambulance.

On Wednesday morning a girl, 8, of Utiku, near Taihape, suffered upper body injuries in an accident at a rural property. The helicopter picked her up but on the way to Palmerston North Hospital it was diverted to Rangiwahia where intensive care paramedic skills were urgently needed for a farmer who had suffered a serious medical event.

The man could not be saved and the helicopter went on to the hospital with the girl.

Within an hour of landing, it was sent to Te Horo, where a 16-year-old suffered suspected spinal injuries in a trail bike riding accident. The patient was stabilised before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital in a serious condition.

Shortly after, the helicopter was again airborne to pick up a man who was seriously injured in a quad bike roll-over in Pohangina Valley. He was flown to Palmerston North Hospital.

Half an hour after landing, the crew was sent to Apiti where a Kimbolton man had suffered a serious hip injury falling from a horse. He too was flown to Palmerston North Hospital.

Late Thursday morning the rescue helicopter went to a Waimarino farm, south of Raetihi, where a Whanganui man in his eighties was suffering a serious medical condition. He was stabilised at the scene and flown to Wanganui Hospital in a stable condition.


Manawatu Standard