Fisherman injured in incident off Stewart Island

A fishing boat crewman has been seriously injured following an incident off the south-east coast of Stewart Island. 

A Maritime New Zealand spokesman said emergency services were contacted between 5pm and 5.30pm.

The incident occurred on board the San Waitaki, a deep sea trawler fishing boat owned by Sanford Ltd, about 160km south-east of Stewart Island. 

An Otago Helicopters helicopter has been dispatched from Dunedin to medivac the injured crew member, and is expected to arrive around 7pm.

The cause and nature of the crewman's injuries are unknown at this stage. 

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