The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew four missions last week, including a flight to Jerusalem to rescue a man who was trapped overnight in his vehicle after it had crashed down a bank on May 8.

The man, in his 50s, was discovered by his family in the early hours of May 9 and freed from the vehicle by Raetihi firefighters before being airlifted to Whanganui hospital.

There were two missions on May 8, one to a property near Halcombe for a man in his 20s who was injured after he came off his motorbike while riding on a motocross track.

He sustained leg and shoulder injuries and was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.


Later that night the helicopter was sent to Raeitihi for a woman in her 70s with a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

There was a late-night mission on Friday May 13, for a woman in her 20s in Waiouru with a medical emergency.

Due to weather the helicopter met the road ambulance in Taihape, where she was transferred to the helicopter and airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island.