Land Search & Rescue have had a busy January and February in the Waikato Police District with callouts and trainings. In total we have had 9 full operations where land search and rescue groups have been deployed into the field. The operations ranged from Missing Children, Alzheimer's, medical evacuations to despondents.
These operations involved a good cross section of the SAR community including SERT paramedics, DOC, Westpac, Land SAR and local communities, all working together to achieve a common goal. As a result we have managed to save a life or two and assisted the rest to safety.
So I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the groups involved and reinforce that the time and effort you put into Search & Rescue makes a difference in the community. Without your help there would be fewer successful outcomes to such operations.
Good work and well done.
February 29th a 55 year old female on Ohaupo Rd. Found at A&E shortly after teams were deployed.
February 29th a 25 year old male near Te Kuiti. Standdown came 15mins later.
February 29th a woman who suffered a miscarriage while tramping. Waikato Times acticle
March 9th a 21 year old male with autism in Te Awamutu. He has a Wandatrak pendent but had removed it. He was found by a patrol car travelling to Cambridge shortly after the first SAR teams were deployed.