Fishing crewman winched from boat after 'major' medical event
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.
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."