Helmet saves young mountainbiker

Last updated 13:00 23/12/2013

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A mountainbiker who fell down a steep bank avoided serious brain injury thanks to his helmet.

A 14-year-old boy was airlifted to Nelson Hospital yesterday afternoon after he fell off his mountainbike and down the five-metre bank in the upper Wairoa Gorge area, east of Wakefield, a Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter spokesman said.

Paramedic Gary Tobin said the boy was one of two bikers travelling down a steep bank when he lost control, went over the handle bars and landed heavily on his back.

"His helmet definitely took quite a hit, he was very lucky."

The boy is in a stable condition in the children's ward at Nelson Hospital.

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