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Helicopter rescues man from Tararua Ranges

Press Release – Life Flight Trust
Police this morning sent a Life Flight Trust team to Powell Hut in the Tararua ranges, 75 kilometres north of Wellington, where a man in his forties had been suffering from a medical event.

The man had spent the night in the hut after an attempt by the Life Flight team on Saturday could not be completed due to high winds in the area.

The Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance Intensive care paramedic on board, managed to land on a small area of exposed ridge-line close to the hut.

The man was assessed on the scene and then flown to Wellington Hospital’s Emergency Department for further treatment.

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