01 January 2018.
An early morning call-out on New Year’s Day saw the ECT Rescue Helicopter dispatched at 2:05am to respond to a call at the Tokomaru Bay Tavern, where a 43-year-old female had fallen while walking back to her campsite after New Year celebrations. The combined effort of police, ambulance and rescue helicopter ensured the woman was transported quickly to hospital with suspected hip injuries.
Then, at 19:00 the ECT Rescue Helicopter returned to Te Puia Springs Hospital to uplift a 13-year-old male with a concerning medical condition. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital in a stable condition.