Press Release – Life Flight Trust
A Life Flight team rescued a woman from the Orongorongo Valley this afternoon after she set off her personal locator beacon.
At 2:40 the Rescue Co-ordination Centre notified us that the beacon had been activated.
The Life Flight team responded by sending the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to the area.
“We picked up the beacon signal soon after we lifted off from the airport” says Dave Greenberg, Life Flight crewman. “The GPS position provided by the beacon brought us to within 200 metres of the patient.
“On our arrival we found a Wellington woman in her 70s who had a lower leg injury following a fall.”
The woman was with a group of other trampers who were looking after her until we arrived. After being assessed by our Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic, the woman was flown to Wellington Hospital where she was treated.
“The group was very well prepared and did exactly the right thing in setting off the beacon” says Greenberg. “The woman was unable to walk out on her own. If they did not have a PLB, someone would have had to walk out to raise the alarm and her rescue would have been delayed until after dark”.
The Life Flight Trust is a charity providing air rescue and air ambulance services. It operates the Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a nationwide air ambulance service. It relies on support from the public and sponsorship from partners such as Westpac to provide these services. Further information can be obtained from www.lifeflight.org.nz