Car found down Rimutaka Hill Rd bank

Last updated 06:53 11/02/2013

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A car was found by rescue teams 20 metres down a bank off the Rimutaka Hill yesterday, but nobody was inside.

A Life Flight Trust rescue helicopter was returning to its Wellington base from another job late yesterday afternoon when the car was spotted on the Wellington side of the summit.

The team reported the car to police, who investigated but could not find anyone in the car.

Just after 8pm last night, a police search and rescue team returned to the site and confirmed there was nobody in the area.

The discovery was made after the helicopter winched out an injured tramper from the Tararua Ranges near Mt Holdsworth around 4pm.

A 29-year-old woman was unable to walk after injuring her ankle, forcing her tramping partner to call for assistance.

The rescue helicopter team winched a paramedic to the steep spot, where the woman was stablised.

She was flown to Wellington Hospital for treatment.

Rescue teams also flew to Makara Peak just before 3pm, where a 41-year-old Wellington man had injured himself after falling off his mountain bike.

He was sent to Wellington Hospital with leg injuries and was discharged later in the evening.

At 12.30pm, the helicopter was sent to a motor cross event in Te Ore Ore, northeast of Masterton after a man was injured while competing.

The 28-year-old Wellingtonian was cared for by event medics at the scene, before being flown to Wellington Hospital's emergency department.

He sustained multiple injuries and was admitted to hospital.

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