Dramatic rescue for injured teenager

DARING RESCUE: An injured teenager is winched to a helicopter from 50 metres in the air.
DARING RESCUE: An injured teenager is winched to a helicopter from 50 metres in the air.

A Westpac rescue helicopter crew made a dramatic rescue at Stavely Forest yesterday, winching an injured teenager from 50 metres in the air.

''It was quite a height,'' a helicopter spokesman said. 

The 15-year-old from Hororata had been walking along a track at Sharplin Falls and slipped on a riverbed rock, resulting in ankle and wrist injuries, about 8pm. 

He was about a 25-minute walk in from the car park and could not walk out, the spokesman said.

An ambulance crew was sent in but was unable to get the patient out of the river and canyon, he said. 

The teenager was treated at the scene before being winched 50m up into the helicopter. 

He was flown to Christchurch Hospital, where he is in a stable condition.

The Press