Airlift for two injured men

23:00, Feb 22 2013

A man was airlifted to Nelson Hospital last night after dislocating his shoulder in the Nelson Lakes National Park.

St John team manager Gary Tobin said the man, 52, injured his shoulder in a fall and was picked up by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter from West Sabine Hut about 8pm.

He was assessed and treated by the helicopter's onboard intensive care paramedic, and flown to Nelson Hospital.

The rescue helicopter also airlifted a 24-year-old Nelson man from Anatori, in Golden Bay, to Nelson Hospital about 9am yesterday.

Mr Tobin said the man had injured himself in an off-road motorbike accident about 9.30pm the night before and was in considerable pain.

He was riding with a "bunch of mates" when he lost control down a hill, and drove his head into an embankment at a "reasonable speed".


Mr Tobin said the man had an uncomfortable night, with a sore head and neck, but his neck pain was "severe" in the morning.

"This guy was obviously not well. He was in a lot of pain.

"He was assessed and treated for potentially serious neck injuries.

"He might have broken his neck - that was the worry."

The Nelson Mail