Busy day locally for air ambulance

Number 8 Network reader Dynelle Smallwood was out front of her house yesterday when a truck tried to overtake a tractor, just past Tenfoot Bridge.

“The truck clipped the side of the tractor, and ended up in the ditch, hitting the power pole’s support.  I took the first photo at 5.15pm, and the second, with the air amubulance, at 5.29pm.”

Although she was a paddock away, she believed no one seemed too hurt.  “I’m pretty sure they were both ok. The truck driver jumped out straight away and was walking around.”

Philips Search & Rescue Trust communications manager Vanessa Richmond says while the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter did attend no one was transported.

On the same day the air ambulance attended a woman who was trapped on Mt Taupiri for almost three hours.

The  20-year-old woman injured her knee but was able to walk to the bottom of the mountain on foot where she was taken to Waikato Hospital.

In 2014 alone, the rescue helicopter carried out 405 potentially life saving missions.  The service is a charity which relies on donations from the community to be rescue ready at all times.



Crash helicopter


To support this vital service, please visit rescue.org.nz for information and donation options.

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