Fallen teen had long wait for rescue

23:37, Dec 08 2013

A teenage boy who fell about seven metres and knocked himself out in the Tararua Forest Park had to wait overnight before he could be rescued.

The 15-year-old was part of a group of about 40 Rudolf Steiner school students doing an outdoor training programme near Tutuwai Hut in the Tauherenikau Valley near Carterton in Wairarapa, Senior Constable Tony Matheson from Masterton Search and Rescue said.

The boy fell and was knocked unconscious yesterday morning. He also got a 100mm gash across the top of his head.

The Life Flight Trust's Westpac rescue helicopter was called, but heavy winds yesterday meant it was unable to evacuate the boy.

A Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic and a search and rescue team walked into the park and spent the night with the injured boy.

Life Flight crewman Colin Larsen said when the helicopter returned this morning the boy was lucid and able to walk to the helicopter, on which he was flown to Wellington Hospital.

It was thought the boy fell about 7m, Larsen said.


The Dominion Post