Crashes keep helicopter busy
Four people have been flown to hospital after separate crashes in the northern South Island this weekend.
In the latest incident, a 13-year-old boy from Golden Bay was flown to Nelson Hospital in a stable condition this morning after falling off his motorbike.
The crash happened while the teenager was competing at a motocross event in the Kaihoka Lake area, near Farewell Spit.
Another boy was flown to hospital yesterday afternoon after injuring his shoulder at the same event.
The 11-year-old boy was taken to Collingwood by ambulance about 2pm, where he was met by the rescue helicopter crew and flown to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.
The Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter crew was kept busy this weekend with several other crashes.
A motorcyclist was riding with friends near Nelson when he crashed while negotiating a corner about 5.30pm yesterday.
The crash happened near the Hope Saddle on State Highway 6, south-west of Nelson.
The man, aged in his 60s, was initially treated by St John ambulance paramedics before receiving further treatment from an intensive care paramedic on-board the Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.
He was then flown to Nelson Hospital in stable condition for further treatment.
Earlier yesterday, a 55-year-old man was flown to Nelson Hospital from the Murchison Medical Centre.
The Richmond man had been involved in a crash and taken to the medical centre before his condition deteriorated.