Two mountainbikers injured in falls
Nelson's keen mountainbiking community kept the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter busy this weekend with two cyclists requiring rescue.
On Saturday, a 69-year-old Kaiteriteri man had to be winched from the Heaphy Track after falling from his bike. He had been riding with a group.
The dense bush cover prompted an intensive care paramedic to be winched into a shelter at Aorere to treat the man on the spot. The pair were then winched aboard the helicopter and flown to Nelson Hospital. The man is in a stable condition in hospital.
From there, the helicopter was dispatched to Kenepuru Sound in Marlborough to attend an ill 75-year-old woman. She was treated on the scene then flown to Wairau Hospital.
Yesterday, a second mountainbiker had to be airlifted from the Barnicoat Hills near Richmond. He had been riding solo before falling off at speed, and was found by passing riders. He was treated by an intensive care paramedic before being flown to Nelson Hospital. He has since been transferred to Wellington Hospital.
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