Tree falls on forestry worker

02:51, Dec 12 2012
tree fell on man
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter staff transported the injured man to Wairau Hospital

A Blenheim man was winched on to a helicopter from a forestry block in Wairau Valley this morning after a pine tree fell on his leg.

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter pilot Tim Douglas-Clifford said the 23-year-old man had been thinning trees in the forestry block, south of Wairau township, when the accident happened.

The remote location meant it took a while for the alarm to be raised, Mr Douglas-Clifford said. A colleague had to drive along a track until he could get cell phone reception to call for help.

The rescue helicopter arrived at the site about 7am.An intensive care paramedic was lowered 18 metres through the trees to treat the man on the ground.

They were both winched back on board and the man was taken to Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim.

St John southern communications centre team manager Sharleen Reiha said the man had a suspected broken lower leg.

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