Startled walker winched off rocks

16:00, Mar 04 2014

Garden City Helicopters airlifted a woman to safety after she became trapped on rocks while walking around the Kaikoura Peninsula on Friday morning.

The 64-year-old woman, an overseas tourist, was walking near Whalers Bay with her husband when she was startled by a seal, causing her to fall over and injure her knee.

The Kaikoura Coastguard, Kaikoura Volunteer Fire Brigade and police were called out to help.

The woman was winched aboard the rescue helicopter after being treated on the ground by a St John Ambulance intensive care paramedic. She was flown to Christchurch Hospital for further treatment.

The woman is the second in less than a year to require the assistance of emergency services after becoming frightened by seals around the peninsula walkway.

Tracey Holding was rescued in April last year when she attempted to climb a cliff to escape from seals below.

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