Woman washed off rocks rescued

19:16, Dec 28 2013

A pair of holidaying paramedics who happened to be on a Wairarapa beach yesterday afternoon rushed to the aid of a woman injured when she was swept off rocks and into the sea.

The Wellington woman, aged in her 40s, suffered moderate injuries after she was washed off rocks by a wave at Castle Point while holidaying in the area.

Bystanders and family members who rushed to the aid of the woman saved her from the surge, Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman Colin Larsen said.

The Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics, who were off duty at the time and holidaying themselves, helped treat the woman until an ambulance crew from Masterton and the helicopter arrived.

"After being washed on and off the rocks by the surge two to three times she was able to scramble out of the water, with assistance from family and bystanders " Mr Larsen said. "It was fortunate that she did not sustain more severe injuries."

The woman was flown to Wellington hospital by the rescue helicopter suffering from moderate injuries sustained in her ordeal.


The patch of low-lying rock near the lagoon was a notorious spot where the rescue helicopter had been called upon to perform rescues in the past, Mr Larsen said.

"That area near the lagoon is well known for the surge even on a nice day."

It was a popular spot for fishing, he said.

The Dominion Post