Rescue helicopter flat out outside region

Last updated 05:00 03/01/2014
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ROBERT CHARLES
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The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter was flat out yesterday, with three missions outside of the region.

Due to the serious crash on SH5 in the Hawke's Bay yesterday morning, the Taranaki helicopter was the only available chopper in the central North Island.

The helicopter was called to a man who suffered trauma from a fall in Taihape, followed by two incidents at Pourere Beach in Hawke's Bay.

The rescue mission to the popular east coast beach was initially for one man thrown from a motorbike.

However while there another beach-goer suffered a cardiac condition and was flown to Hawke's Bay Hospital in a serious condition.

Jayden Strickland, from the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust, said yesterday was an unusual day, particularly because of the distances they had to travel.

"For us to end up in Hawke's Bay is very rare. It has been a very busy day for rescue helicopters since the big smash on Napier-Taupo Highway this morning," he said yesterday.

In the last three days the helicopter has responded to seven call-outs, including the four swimmers caught in a rip at Mokau on Wednesday.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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