Chopper rescues hurt fisherman

00:00, Dec 07 2011

A man with injuries to his arm and abdomen was taken to Nelson Hospital about 9am today after being winched from a fishing boat in Delaware Bay by Summit Rescue Helicopter.

The man, in his 50s, suffered injuries after his clothes caught in winching gear on a 1.2m-1.38m fishing boat and was in a lot of pain, said pilot Tim Douglas-Clifford.

The helicopter had a busy day yesterday, attending a car crash, work accident and helping a search and rescue operation.

An 18-year-old Blenheim man who suffered a serious cut to his face due to a kickback from a chainsaw while working in the Whangamoa area was flown to Nelson Hospital in the helicopter yesterday morning.

St John team manager Johnny Mulheron said it was fortunate the man was wearing his face guard.

At 9.40am yesterday the helicopter attended a car accident on the Takaka side of the Takaka Hill where a 30-year-old Marahau man lost control of his car on a sharp corner, Horseshoe Bend, and hit a bus head-on travelling up the hill.

Mr Mulheron said the man suffered minor injuries, including a dislocated toe. He was taken to Nelson Hospital and later discharged. The bus passengers suffered minor injuries.

The helicopter also assisted the Tasman Search and Rescue Centre in the search for 23-year-old Sharny Abbott, whose body was recovered from the Roding River in the Mt Richmond Forest Park last night.

The helicopter searched the track Mr Abbott had taken and airlifted teams into the area.


The Nelson Mail