Tuesday, 26 January 2021


Last week's Whitianga-based rescue helicopter missions

For the month of January, while an Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) helicopter is based in Whitianga, we are reporting in every issue of The Informer on the number of missions flown by the helicopter during the previous week.

The ARHT is at the moment operating three rescue helicopters. Their two AW169 helicopters are operating from Ardmore Airport, south of Auckland, while their BK117 helicopter is based in Whitianga. At night time the ARHT is allowed to operate only one helicopter, based at Ardmore.

During the first week of BK117’s arrival in Whitianga (Monday, 28 December to Sunday, 3 January), the helicopter has flown 13 missions. Last week, from Monday, 4 January to Sunday, 10 January, the helicopter has flown …. missions.  Among the missions was the evacuation of a male patient in his 20s who fell off a cliff at Cathedral Cove on 4 January. He was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

Pictured: The Whitianga-based helicopter returning to base after one of last week’s missions.


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