Man uses chainsaw to free himself

18:47, Dec 10 2012

A Canterbury forestry student who used a chainsaw to free himself after a tree landed on his leg has not let the ordeal put him off work.

Cameron Moir, 19, was cutting firewood in Greta Valley when the incident happened about 11.30am yesterday.

A Westpac rescue helicopter spokesman said the man had tried to yell for help and after having been trapped for about 20 minutes decided he would free himself using his chainsaw.

Once free, he managed to "hobble" up a hillside with a broken leg to alert his friend, the spokesman said.

He was then flown to Christchurch Hospital.

His father, Glenn Moir, who is also in the forestry industry, said his son put himself in "more danger" by cutting himself free.


The Forest Management Ltd owner said his son should have waited until his friend found him.

Moir said aside from his son's broken leg, he understood he also had a broken bone in his heel and a cut "from the inside out" where a bone came through on the inner part of his foot.

He remained in hospital overnight and may require surgery, he said.

"At best he'll get out tomorrow, at worst probably two or three days."

But the incident had not put his son off forestry.

He was already talking about needing to get back in there to stack up on more firewood, Moir said.

The Press