An injured mountain biker has been rescued in Wellington after being stuck on a mountain trail for several hours.
The 47-year-old male has moderate injuries to his chest and back after crashing off his bike on the Skyline trail on Makara Hill just after 9am this morning.
The rescue helicopter was dispatched soon after, but had to turn back because of the low cloud and poor visibility.
Specialised paramedic and fire rescue crews entered the Skyline Reserve via Montgomery Ave in Karori to reach the biker on foot and were able to carry him out.
An ambulance spokesman said the biker had not suffered any ill-effects from the cold or the wet as paramedics were on the scene quickly and had looked after him.
A Wellington Hospital spokesman said the mountain biker had been treated and would most likely be discharged this afternoon.
- The Dominion Post
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