Crashes keep helicopter busy

Last updated 12:02 30/03/2014
Kaihoka Motocross

KAIHOKA MOTOCROSS: Two boys were taken to hospital after separate incidents at the event.

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Four people have been flown to hospital after separate crashes in the northern South Island this weekend.

In the latest incident, a 13-year-old boy from Golden Bay was flown to Nelson Hospital in a stable condition this morning after falling off his motorbike.

The crash happened while the teenager was competing at a motocross event in the Kaihoka Lake area, near Farewell Spit.

Another boy was flown to hospital yesterday afternoon after injuring his shoulder at the same event.

The 11-year-old boy was taken to Collingwood by ambulance about 2pm, where he was met by the rescue helicopter crew and flown to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

The Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter crew was kept busy this weekend with several other crashes.

A motorcyclist was riding with friends near Nelson when he crashed while negotiating a corner about 5.30pm yesterday.

The crash happened near the Hope Saddle on State Highway 6, south-west of Nelson.

The man, aged in his 60s, was initially treated by St John ambulance paramedics before receiving further treatment from an intensive care paramedic on-board the Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

He was then flown to Nelson Hospital in stable condition for further treatment. 

Earlier yesterday, a 55-year-old man was flown to Nelson Hospital from the Murchison Medical Centre.

The Richmond man had been involved in a crash and taken to the medical centre before his condition deteriorated.

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