Eight hour drag after quad bike crash

KIRSTY MCMURRAY
Last updated 13:04 19/02/2014

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An injured Taranaki farmer took eight hours to drag himself more than a kilometre after his quad bike rolled on top of him.

The Tainui search and rescue team found the 68-year-old man at his Okau Rd farm in Ahititi in north Taranaki about 10:30pm yesterday.

He suffered moderate shoulder and leg injuries and St John district operations manager Ian May said the man had been in quite a bit of pain.

''He was disabled and had quite significant difficulty. It took him hours to make his way just over 1km."

The farmer had last been seen by his wife at 1pm and when he did not return she raised the alarm.

Along with the volunteer Tainui search and rescue team, SAR teams from New Plymouth were also alerted and the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter put on standby.

Senior sergeant Matt Prendergast said the man had gone out to work on his farm when his quad bike rolled back on him.

''He had a medical condition and he was missing on his large farm so it was a concern and we swung into action."

Before the New Plymouth team could arrive, the Tainui SAR team heard the man shouting and managed to find him.

''He was actually very lucky he was located when he was.''

The man was treated by St John paramedics and taken to Taranaki Base Hospital by the rescue helicopter about 11pm.

Pilot Mike Parker said the farmer was ''pretty freaking amazing'' and had dragged himself across fords to get to the road where he was found.

''Most people would have just sat there and said bugger it, but he didn't.''

The man had been in good enough spirits to jokingly complain about the lack of view from the helicopter, he said.

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