Crashes keep helicopter busy

19:58, Mar 30 2014
Kaihoka Motocross
KAIHOKA MOTOCROSS: Two boys were taken to hospital after separate incidents at the event.

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.

The Press