Fishing crewman winched from boat after 'major' medical event

WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER

A patient is winched from a fishing boat off Wellington into the Westpac rescue helicopter.

Fishing on a boat near Wellington ended in a major medical event for one young man.

But thanks to swift action from Life Flight's Westpac rescue helicopter crew, he is now in a stable condition at Wellington Hospital.

Earlier on Thursday, it was determined the man required urgent care after a call from a fishing boat.

A Wellington Free intensive care paramedic was winched down to a boat to stabilise a man before both were winched back ...
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A Wellington Free intensive care paramedic was winched down to a boat to stabilise a man before both were winched back into the helicopter by the Life Flight team.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand called the Life Flight crew, and a Wellington Free Ambulance intensive care paramedic was later winched down to the patient.

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After stabilising the young man, they were both winched back into the helicopter and flown to hospital.

Crewman Jodie Burton said winching a person off a boat was one of the most complex types of winch operations.

"Our team trains frequently to be well-prepared for this type of callout."

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