Busy Christmas for Auckland Westpac Rescue helicopter

Christmas day, 25 December 2017 saw an extremely busy day for the Auckland Westpac Helicopter with a total of 6 missions, with 3 of those being in Port Waikato.

At 34:43pm, W2 Crew were tasked by Maritime Police to Port Waikato to assist with the search and rescue of possible patients when an upturned vessel was found approximately seven nautical miles off Port Waikato. No persons were found.

After returning to refuel at Ardmore Airport they were tasked back to Port Waikato at 4:50pm to assist a male patient in his 50’s who had rolled his vehicle and suffered multiple injuries. He was trapped in his vehicle for approximately 40 minutes. He was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition. Another occupant was in a moderate condition.

At 10:12pm, W2 crew were tasked back to Port Waikato to assist a male patient in his 70’s suffering a medical complaint. He was flown to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition. W2  were then retasked from Waikato Hospital to Kawakawa Bay at 12:25am on Tuesday 26 December 2017 to  assist a male patient in his teens who had fallen off the back of a slow moving ute and injured his head. He was transported by ambulance, along with W2’s Intensive Care Paramedic, to Middlemore Hospital in a critical condition.

At 1:24pm on Tuesday 26 December 2017, W2 crew were tasked to Pukekohe to assist a baby who had fallen and hit his head and was in a critical condition. They were stood down enroute and returned to base.

On Sunday 11 February 2018, a charity motorcycle ride will be taking place to help raise funds for the purchase of essential lifesaving equipment for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, who provide fantastic lifesaving services to the motorcyclists community and the general public of the Auckland region. For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/auckland-rescue-helicopter-trust-charity-ride-tickets-39946405775


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