Trampers keep rescuers busy

Last updated 20:17 15/02/2014

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Rescue helicopters were kept busy saving injured mountain climbers and trampers yesterday.

A woman was airlifted off Mt Taranaki at 2.30pm after falling while descending from the summit.

She was taken in the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter to New Plymouth hospital with with a fractured arm, New Plymouth police Senior Sergeant Thomas McIntyre said.

Several others were also injured on the mountain, including a man who broke his ankle and two others who injured their knees.

Later, a tramper in his 70s was injured after a fall in the Tararua Ranges. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter winched the man on board and took him to Wellington Hospital at about 5pm suffering moderate injuries.

The call-out was the seventh for the Wellington-based aircraft, operated by the Life Flight Trust, since yesterday morning, crewman Dave Greenberg said..

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