Chopper tackles aerial accident

A boy playing with a remote-controlled toy car ended up with its aerial stuck in his eye.

The 7-year-old boy was playing at home at Tapu Bay, near Kaiteriteri, when the aerial became lodged in his eye about 1.30pm yesterday, a Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter spokesman said.

It was unclear whether the aerial was stuck in the boy's eye or lodged between his eye and his skull.

Both the boy and his mother were "surprisingly calm" throughout the ordeal, the spokesman said.

The helicopter landed in a nearby picnic area, and its paramedics removed the aerial from the car so they could bandage the boy's head.

He was flown to Nelson Hospital with the aerial still in place.

The boy has since been treated and discharged.

Shortly afterwards, an 18-year-old man had to be airlifted to Nelson Hospital after he dived into the sea at Split Apple Rock, near Kaiteriteri, and hit the seabed head first.

The teenager was treated at the scene for suspected neck injuries before being flown to the hospital's emergency department for further assessment.

He was in a stable condition in intensive care today.

Another 18-year-old man injured his leg when he jumped off the Hackett River bridge at 1.30pm yesterday. He was taken by ambulance to Nelson Hospital.

Early yesterday, a 51-year-old Richmond driver was injured when his truck was rear-ended by another truck in the upper Buller Gorge. He was taken by ambulance to hospital at 4am.

A 27-year-old Invercargill woman was flown to Nelson Hospital after a car and a road spraying truck collided on State Highway 65 just north of Maruia about 11am yesterday.

The woman was briefly trapped in her vehicle before emergency services cut her out.

She was treated at the scene for leg injuries before being flown to Nelson Hospital, and remains in a stable condition.