Stingrays and hypothermia in Wairarapa

04:05, Jan 14 2014
wairarapa
A Manawatu man who became stuck in currents at Riversdale Beach is treated in the back of a ute for hypothermia before being flown to Masterton Hospital.

A man was stabbed by a stingray barb and another trapped in an off-shore current as two popular beaches turned treacherous today.

Life Flight Trust's Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic on board, was called to Riversdale Beach east of Masterton around 11.20am.

The alarm was raised after a 47-year-old Manawatu man became caught in currents for about 45 minutes while retrieving a fishing net.

"He was unable to get himself back to shore until assisted by someone from shore who saw him in trouble," said Life Flight crewman Dave Greenberg.

"He was picked up by locals and brought up to a local homestead in the back of a ute. We got him out of his wetsuit and into some blankets."

The man was flown to Masterton Hospital to be treated for mild hypothermia and was in a stable condition this afternoon.

At 1.25pm as the helicopter was returning to Wellington it was diverted to the Tora area on the coast south of Riversdale after a man was stabbed in the leg by a stingray's barb.

The 21-year-old Masterton man was walking in shallow water when he felt sharp pain in his lower leg, Mr Greenberg said.

The minor wound was bandaged to stop bleeding and he was taken to Masterton Hospital where he was in a good condition this afternoon, he said.

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