Busy day for Nelson Marlborough Rescue choppers

February kicks off with busy day for choppers

Last updated 14:23 02/02/2013
A 22 yr old male tourist, from France was winched to safety after suffering serious leg injuries as a result of an impact with the river bottom after jumping from O'Sulllivans Bridge, south of Murchison on the Buller River.
Nelson Marlborough Rescue helicopter

A 22 yr old male tourist, from France was winched to safety after suffering serious leg injuries as a result of an impact with the river bottom after jumping from O'Sulllivans Bridge, south of Murchison on the Buller River.

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Nelson Marlborough Rescue are hoping for a quiet day today after a busy day of call outs yesterday.

When the rotors shut down for a rest at 11pm last night they had flown five missions starting at 8:45am.

The first call came when a rescue helicopter was dispatched to Okiwi Bay to attend a 2.5 yr old girl from Christchurch, who was suffering from breathing difficulties. She was attended to at the scene by the helicopters onboard intensive care paramedic, before being transported to Nelson Hospital.

At 1.45pm, Nelson Marlborugh Rescue helicopter responded to an incident at O'Sullivans bridge, south of Murchison on the Buller River. A 22 yr old male tourist, from France, suffered serious leg injuries as a result of an impact with the river bottom after jumping from O'Sulllivans Bridge. The man was unable to be moved from rocks at the river edge. The helicopters onboard intensive care paramedic was winched down to the rocks, he was able to stablise the man, before packaging him on a stretcher. He was then winched from the rocks, into the helicopter and transported to Nelson Hospital. Murchison St John Ambulance and NZ Fire service were also in attendance.

Later the same afternoon at 3.30pm, hot of the back of mission 2, the helicopter responded to call from the sea cliffs at Tata Beach/Tarakohe area, near Takaka, where a 29 yr old female from Nelson, had suffered serious injuries to her back and pelvis as a result of a fall while rock climbing. The helicopters onboard intensive care paramedic, with assistance from Takaka St John Ambulance was able to stablise the woman, before the helicopter transported her to Nelson Hospital. Takaka Police were also in attendance.

In the fourth call out for the day a 68 yr old male from Pakawau suffered moderate back injuries as a result of a fall from a farm vehicle while collecting hay. He was stablised at the scene by the helicopters onboard intensive care paramedic, with assistance from St John Ambulance Takaka, before being flown to Nelson Hospital. Collingwood Fire Service were also in attendance.

It was another quick turnaround for the crew as just after 6pm a call came in from the Takaka Medical Centre, to attend to a 14 yr old female from Takaka suffering from life threatening injuries as a result of a bee sting. She was treated at the scene by a Doctor and St John Ambulance Takaka, the rescue helicopter onboard intensive care paramedic cared for the patient during a direct flight to Wellington Hospital for specialist emergency medical care.

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