Rock swandiver lands in hospital

Last updated 05:00 07/02/2014

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A Christchurch fisherman keen to cool off dived head-first from a rocky outcrop in Taylor's Mistake, but never made it into the water.

The man, in his 30s, was fishing from the rocks about 2.30pm yesterday when he decided to go for a swim.

He put down his rod and dived from a 6-metre rock but landed on rocks below.

Rescuers said he was lucky to avoid serious injury.

A passerby called the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and, with spinal injuries a cause for concern, the would-be diver was winched 40 metres to the helicopter. A paramedic said it was likely he had only dislocated his shoulder.

Earlier in the day a parasailor with a fractured leg was rescued after he crashed into the Taylor's Mistake bluff with a broken sail.

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