Rescue chopper called to Waioeka Gorge

The Tauranga based TrustPower TECT rescue helicopter was called to the Waioeka Gorge south of Opotiki yesterday morning where a 38-year-old Whakatane man had twisted his knee while out hunting. 

One of his hunting companions walked out this morning to raise the alarm.

They had spent the night in a temporary bivoac as the injured man could not walk the ragged terrain back to the Manganuku Hut.

The rescue helicopter landed at the track end near S.H. 2 to pick up the injured hunters companion to then locate the injured man.

Once located a St John paramedic was lowered down to the injured man and the patient and paramedic where winched into the helicopter using the Port of Tauranga rescue winch.

The patient was flown out to a waiting ambulance and then taken to Whakatane hospital for treatment.


- Bay of Plenty Times

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