Speed flyer believed stuck in powerlines
GEORGINA STYLIANOU AND ALEXIA JOHNSTON
A speed flyer is thought to be stuck in powerlines at Temple Basin ski field.
A speed flyer is a skier with a parachute.
Inspector Mike Coulter from the Christchurch police said the Greymouth Rescue Helicopter had landed on the mountain to find and rescue the man.
"The speed flyer was going for a run at 5pm and it's meant to only take a few minutes and by 6pm he hadn't come down so that's when they got worried," the spokesman said.
"I'm not sure about his injuries at this stage but I think he may be near the powerlines so the chopper is just trying to figure out the best way to get to him."
The man would be the third person to need airlifting from Canterbury ski fields today.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to Roundhill about 2.30pm after a 10-year-old Australian girl injured her hip, possibly dislocating it.
Garden City Helicopters general manager Simon Duncan said she was flown to Christchurch Hospital.
The Lakes District Area Ski Trust helicopter also transported someone with a suspected broken femur from Ohau Skifield to Timaru Hospital.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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