Two rescued from remote areas
Posted at 10:22am Tuesday 27 Feb, 2018
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter winch in action. Supplied photo.
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter had to use its winch in two separate rescue missions on Saturday.
The first was retrieve a 30-year-old man who slipped while walking at Omanawa Falls.
He was located around 500 metres upstream of the falls and was winched out of an extremely steep valley. He was transported to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.
The following day the rescue helicopter was dispatched to a motocross track near Waerenga, east of Huntly, to retrieve a 48-year-old man who came off his bike during a trail riding event.
He suffered a fracture of the femur and was flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.
Later that day the rescue helicopter was sent on a search for an injured tramper who had been reported by members of the public exiting the walking-track to the Waitawheta Hut, east of Mount Te Aroha.
Due to the density of the foliage, the helicopter inserted a New Zealand Police Search and Rescue specialist via the NZTC Rescue Winch at the hut, who was then able to locate the injured tramper.
A 48-year-old female was winched out from her location with a dislocated ankle. She was flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.