Speed of the essence in mountain rescue

Speed of the essence in mountain rescue

NZCT has been supporting the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter for a number of years and the service once more proved its worth when Peter Lethbridge broke his leg on Mt Taranaki last year. He's on a slow road to recovery, but there was nothing slow about the helicopter's response to rescue him.

"I was walking between Tahurangi Lodge and the ski field on New Year's Eve last year when I slipped on a fine bit of gravel on a rock, " recalls Peter. "The accident happened at 2.40 pm and I knew I had to get help. I called 111 at 2.45, by 3.30 the rescue helicopter crew were with me and by 4 pm I was in Taranaki Base Hospital's emergency department.

"If we didn't have the search and rescue helicopter servicing the region, my story would be very different," says Peter. "I would have had to endure more discomfort and more pain over several hours while waiting for ground rescuers to come to my aid.

"Community support is central to the service the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter provides and, in my case, it was life-saving."