Girl injured in fall

08:04, Jan 03 2014

A 14-year-old Hastings girl suffered suspected spinal injuries in a fall near Rotorua this afternoon.

The BayTrust rescue helicopter and paramedics were called to the river at Atiamuri about 2.30pm today after the girl fell while involved in water sports.

Her family helped her until emergency services arrived. She was flown to Rotorua Hospital for further assessment.

Rescue helicopter pilot Barry Vincent said paramedics first attended to her in a boat, but he was unsure what sort of water sports she had been doing when she was hurt.

"She was conscious, but distraught, understandably. She was upset and in a fair bit of discomfort."

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