Last night the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matakana Is where a 32-year-old local man was having trouble breathing.

His breathing issues were a result of an ongoing injury suffered while playing rugby.

The man was flown to Tauranga hospital for treatment.

The flight was conducted with the use of Night vision equipment.

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The helicopter was tasked because of access difficulties for ambulance at night to the Island.