Chopper flies in to help tourist

HELPING HANDS:  A tourist was rescued from a tributary of the Karamea River after breaking her shoulder.
HELPING HANDS: A tourist was rescued from a tributary of the Karamea River after breaking her shoulder.

A woman who suffered a shoulder injury after falling in rugged terrain during a rafting trip was airlifted to Nelson Hospital.

The 53-year-old tourist was one of a group of people rafting for the day in the Karamea River area.

Ultimate Descents NZ owner and operator Tim Marshall said the woman broke her shoulder as a result of a fall.

The group of seven, with three guides and a family of four, were having lunch and while walking back, the woman tripped and fell about a metre, he said.

"The woman was pretty good about everything. She was in safe hands but there was no way we could get her down the river. We are talking about very rugged terrain."

This was the first accident the company had seen in its 30 years of experience, he said.

The team was always well prepared and it was standard protocol to carry a locator beacon, he said.

The Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter responded to the beacon and arrived at the scene about 3pm.

The woman was treated before being flown to Nelson Hospital.She remains there in a stable condition.

Nelson