Spinal injuries for tree swinger

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 16:57 24/02/2014
Lake Brunner
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HARD LANDING: Emergency services were called to Lake Brunner after a tree swing rope snapped, leaving a man with fractured bones and spinal injuries.

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A 23-year-old Christchurch man has suffered spinal injuries and broken bones after an accident with a tree swing at Lake Brunner. 

Emergency services were called to the lake at Moana, on the West Coast, just before 1pm on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Greymouth-based NZCC Rescue Helicopter said the man and a group of friends had attached a long rope to an existing tree swing on the lake's edge.

The rope snapped as the man was pulled back on the swing, causing him to fall four or five metres on to hard ground.

"Apparently he wasn't knocked out at all. He felt the whole thing," the spokesman said.

"They were having a good time until that happened."

The man suffered spinal injuries and leg fractures in the fall and was flown to Greymouth Hospital.

He was transferred to Christchurch Hospital by the New Zealand Flying Doctor Service later that day for further treatment.

A Christchurch Hospital spokeswoman said the man was in a stable condition in a general ward today.

The man thanked emergency services for their quick response in helping him on Saturday, but declined to comment further.

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