Rolling quad bike snaps leg

SASHA BORISSENKO
Last updated 13:00 12/12/2013
Anatori quad bike accident
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

HELPING HANDS: A 20-year-old fisherman is treated after rolling his quad bike near Anatori yesterday.

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A 20-year-old fisherman has snapped his thigh bone after he rolled a quad bike.

The Motueka man had been riding a quad bike on farmland near Anatori when he rolled over the side of a hill yesterday, resulting in the bike and himself tumbling over, a Nelson Marlborough Rescue helicopter spokesperson said.

The man, who was believed to be staying in temporary accommodation in the area, was found by a local farmer who happened to be travelling through the remote area.

Helicopter pilot Jarrod Colbourne said it was lucky the farmer found him when he did.

He was treated at the scene by an intensive care paramedic before being flown to Nelson Hospital. He has since been treated and discharged.

There is an average of 850 quad bike related injuries per year, a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment report says.

In 2010, it was reported that quad bike accidents cost $10 million in ACC claims.

Meanwhile, a 62-year-old Cambridge woman was also airlifted last night after she fell and bumped her head while tramping in Abel Tasman National Park. The woman was tramping in the Perry Hut area when she stumbled and fell at about 7pm.

She was treated by the onboard paramedic and flown to Nelson Hospital in a stable condition. She has since been treated and discharged

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