Freezing night trapped under bike

04:49, Jun 22 2013

A Manawatu farm worker who spent the night trapped under his 4WD farm bike in frigid conditions has been flown to hospital with leg injury and hypothermia.

Emergency services were called to a rural Lethbridge Rd property, north west of Feilding, about 8am today.

A 20-year-old worker was found trapped under his 4WD, which had rolled on him, Feilding police Sergeant David Burmeister said.

''He'd been out there all night stuck underneath it.''

Weather conditions last night were ''terrible'' - wet and cold - with the temperature in single figures.

The man was found down a gully and the police constable on the scene was able to use his new iPhone to give the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter the co-ordinates of where to land, Burmeister said.

The worker had possibly been missing since yesterday morning and emergency services were called by the farm owner, who was looking for him.

St John district operations manager Steve Yanko said the worker had an injured leg and hypothermia.

The rescue helicopter flew him to Palmerston North Hospital about 9am. A hospital spokesman said the man was still being assessed, but was in a stable condition.


Manawatu Standard