Helicopter in two rescues

00:53, Jan 31 2012

A 41-year-old Richmond woman was flown to Nelson Hospital on Saturday night after falling while tramping near the Mt Fell Hut in the Richmond Range.

She was in a group of about 10 trampers, who were able to call for help via a cellphone once they reached the hut.

The Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter landed in tussock about 300 metres from the hut.

The woman was assessed by St John intensive care paramedics before being taken to hospital.

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old Nelson man was flown to Nelson Hospital yesterday afternoon after falling about 1.5m down a bank along the Travers River in Nelson Lakes National Park.

He suffered injuries to his chest and shoulder but was able to make it back to his camp at the confluence of the Arnst and Travers rivers. The man's companion walked out to raise the alarm.

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