Boy airlifted after collapse

20:25, Nov 25 2013

A 12-year-old boy was airlifted by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter last night after collapsing in the Abel Tasman National Park.

The Wellington boy was part of a group of 15 children who were completing a four-day trek.

They had only just started their adventure when the boy collapsed for unknown reasons, a rescue helicopter spokesperson said.

The boy was treated at the scene near Coquille Bay by an intensive care paramedic and flown to Nelson Hospital for further assessment.

Base manager Tim Douglas-Clifford said the boy was lifted by helicopter because of the remoteness and lack of roading in the area.

Department of Conservation community relations officer Trish Grant said school groups regularly completed trips in the park.

Meanwhile, a 65-year-old woman went into cardiac arrest in front of ambulance crew yesterday after they were called out to a scene requiring assistance for chest pains at 7am.

Paramedics used a defribrillator device on the woman, who was then airlifted to Nelson Hospital for treatment in the Cardiac Catheter Laboratory.

Nelson St John Ambulance shift manager Kris Gagliardi said this was a perfect example how an early ambulance call and early defribrillator saves lives.