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Life Flight is being kept busy, with another two serious events requiring urgent medical care in Wairarapa.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter landed twice in the region yesterday in response to serious incidents in Carterton and Masterton – at least the fourth time the helicopter has attended medical events in Wairarapa in the past week.

Emergency services responded to a callout in Carterton shortly after 10am.

Fire and Emergency confirmed Carterton’s volunteer brigade assisted ambulance staff at a medical event in the town.

Shortly after, the fire brigade established a landing zone in Carrington Park, where the patient met Life Flight for transport to hospital. The helicopter landed again in Wairarapa yesterday afternoon in response to a serious, potentially life-threatening injury at a property in Masterton. Emergency services responded to the incident at 3.15pm.

Masterton Fire Brigade confirmed a landing zone was established in a nearby paddock, and the patient airlifted to Wellington Hospital.

The Life Flight Westpac Rescue Helicopter has responded to multiple incidents in the region recently, including a fatal car crash in Pontahi on December 21, and a car versus pedestrian crash in Masterton on Christmas Eve.

Life Flight said the helicopter is typically called to airlift patients after serious accidents such as car crashes or farming incidents, but also time-critical medical events including cardiac arrest and strokes.

The helicopter also transfers patients from regional hospitals, search and rescue, and supports New Zealand Police.

Mary Argue
Mary Argue
Mary Argue is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with an interest in justice and the region’s emergency services, regularly covering Masterton District Court, Fire and Emergency and Police.

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