A woman assaulted on Rangiwaea Island has been flown to Tauranga Hospital.

The 39-year-old woman suffered serious shoulder injuries in the assault and was flown to hospital by the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter.

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Rangiwaea Island sits between Matakana Island and the mainland, bordering the Tauranga Harbour.

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The helicopter was used because of access difficulties and the need for the patient to get to hospital quickly.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Tauranga's principal sponsor's, Trustpower and TECT.

This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient. For further information about the trust visit our website rescue.org.nz.