These Guys Are On The Job In NZ
If you're in New Zealand, and suddenly the victim of an
unfortunate accident... at least you may take some comfort
knowing Westpac Rescue aircraft crews are on the
job, ready to fly you to the hospital. Aero-News learned this
weekend the Wellington-based helicopter crew flew one
seriously injured patient from the scene of a fatal car & truck
accident on the Rimutaka Hill Saturday.
The helicopter was called to the accident, about 3km south of
the twin bridges on the Featherston side of the Rimutaka Hill Road.
The helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance Paramedic onboard,
landed near the scene around 12:40 pm local time.
"When we arrived the Wairarapa Ambulance Service and the Fire
Brigade has just finished extricating our patient from the car"
says Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman Dave Greenberg. "Apparently
the Northbound truck lost it's brakes, rolling onto its side and on
top of the car as it rounded a bend".
The patient transported onboard the helicopter was a 54 year-old
Titahi Bay man. He was the front seat passenger of the car which
the truck landed on. He is in a serious condition suffering from
chest and other injuries, none of which are believed to be life
He was taken to the Emergency Department at Wellington
Also on Saturday, the
Wellington-based Life Flight NZ Air Ambulance picked up an injured
child from the Chatham Islands and the Auckland-based Life Flight
NZ Air Ambulance was picking up a premature baby from
The Wellington-based plane was sent to the Chatham Islands to
pick up a 13 year-old boy who was injured when he was thrown off
his horse. His arm was broken in several places and he requires
surgery. He was transported to Wellington and is expected to
undergo surgery this evening.
Meanwhile, the Auckland-based Life Flight NZ Air Ambulance was
sent to Christchurch to transport a sick premature baby back to
Sounds like these crews need a weekend to recover from their
weekend... great job, all.