Rescue helicopter flies to Motiti Island

The Westpac rescue helicopter was sent from Whitianga to Motiti Island on Monday evening. File photo.

The Westpac rescue helicopter made a flight to Motiti Island yesterday evening after a woman suffered a medical complaint.

The Whitianga crew was tasked to the island at around 5pm on Monday to assist a female patient in her 40s.

She was flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition.

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust communications manager Lincoln Davies says typically the Tauranga or Rotorua-based rescue helicopters would have attended such a callout.

“However, these services weren't available at the time.”



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