Latest Canterbury Crew News
The Westpac Canterbury rescue crew have completed approximately 153 missions in 2019.
January saw 43 completed missions for the crew, with 21 accident related missions and 17 medical related retrievals. Other mission types include inter-hospital transfers and search and rescue. These missions could also include the use of night vision goggles and/or use of the winch.
The longest mission in 2019 was in March involving a collaboration with the Armed Offenders Squad which lasted over 6 hours. Another lengthy mission took place in January and involved the crew flying to Copland Pass to rescue a tramper who had fallen whilst hiking. This mission lasted 5 hours, the hiker did not have a beacon to activate which meant their exact location was unknown to the rescue crew. In situations like these the crew must visually search the terrain, as opposed to using beacon tracking technology to directly locate the patient.
Accidents happen every day. So far this year the crew have completed 64 missions that were a result of accidents. This Chopper Appeal we need your help to raise $205,00. Help us to be there if things don’t go as planned.