A man suffered burns to 10 per cent of his body when a fire he was lighting exploded in what was a busy day for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.
The helicopter was called to the scene near the outskirts of Motueka about 10am yesterday.
Pilot Tim Douglas Clifford said a local man in his 40s was thought to have been using an accelerant to start a rubbish fire on the rural property when it flashed over him.
He suffered burns to about 10 per cent of his body, mostly around his head, neck and hands.
He was assessed and treated at the scene by a St John Ambulance crew from Motueka and the helicopter's onboard intensive care paramedic before being flown to the specialist burns unit at Hutt Hospital in Upper Hutt in a serious condition.
Around 1.20pm the helicopter flew to Mapua, where a 70-year-old man suffered a serious leg fracture after falling from a ladder while working in his garden.
The man was flown to Nelson Hospital in a stable condition.
Then at 2.05pm the helicopter was sent to the Motueka Airfield after a driver at a drag racing event lost control of his vehicle at an estimated speed in excess of 160kmph, rolling several times.
The driver escaped serious injury in the crash, but was assessed and treated for moderate injuries before being flown to Nelson Hospital.
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