Rescue Helicopter dispatched to assist injured tramper
Today at approximately 1230pm the Taupo based Greenlea
Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Tongariro National
Park to assist an injured tramper.
The 66 year old
female Dutch tourist had slipped whilst walking the
Whakapapiti Hut Trail and suffered a broken leg. Low cloud
and fog in the area made it difficult for the helicopter to
reach her ridgeline location and due to the steep terrain
she was unable to be carried out by fellow members of her
party. Fortunately a brief break in the conditions allowed
the rescue helicopter crew to land and attend the woman's
She was airlifted to Rotorua Hospital for
further treatment, and not a moment too soon as the local
weather quickly began to deteriorate as the helicopter
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
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