Boy injures arm on ferris wheel

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 13:00 18/02/2013
Ferris wheel
TAKE CARE: A 4-year-old boy was injured at this Ferris wheel on Saturday.

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A 4-year-old Nelson boy was injured after he got his arm stuck in the ferris wheel at Murchison's A&P show.

The boy suffered moderate arm injuries in the accident and was flown to Nelson Hospital with his family for further treatment about 3pm on Saturday.

Murchison Volunteer Fire Brigade support officer Peter Holland said he was manning the volunteer stand when the little boy's mother approached him.

He did not know how the injury occurred or who freed the boy.

"Mum arrived with a screaming little fella, it looked like fairly serious injuries from what I could see," Mr Holland said.

He said the child had serious abrasions on one arm, which the mother claimed had been pulled behind his back by a rope.

"He was certainly a very distressed and sore little boy," said Mr Holland.

After calling 111, he concentrated on keeping the boy and his mother calm until paramedics arrived.

St John team manager Jon Leach said the boy's arm was caught between the chair and the swing arm on the ride.

Show co-ordinator Sue Cooper said she could not comment as the incident was not reported to A&P show management or Motueka company Sturgeon's Amusements, which supplied the fairground rides.

The boy was in Nelson Hospital in a stable condition on Monday morning.

The A&P show itself featured vintage machinery, shearing and wood chopping competitions, Ken White's duck-herding sheepdog and terrier races among other attractions.

Many visitors were surprised by a large swarm of bumblebees, but the Department of Conservation's Sandra Wotherspoon said the bees were a normal part of Murchison's natural landscape.

Linda Stewart came to Murchison from Christchurch to enter her terrier, Summer, in the dog race.

"I saw the terrier races and I thought, ‘I've just got to have a go at this,"' Ms Stewart said.

Terrier owners used dog treats, squeaky toys, special calls and even a dead stoat to make their dogs run towards them from across the showgrounds.

DOC ranger Mike Gillies said he was trying to train his terrier, Minute, to hunt mustelids, hence the stoat.

The event was won by last year's champion, Winston, who is owned by Murchison's Braedyn Smith.

Miniature ponies; showjumping and hand-showing; handicrafts, vegetables and gardening; a dog-sled demonstration run by Nelson's Chugiak Kennels and the Western-themed Cowboy Challenge rounded the day out.

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