Injuries keep rescue team busy

23:35, Feb 20 2014

Rescue helicopter crews around the South Island were kept busy yesterday with multiple injured trampers, a man who fell off a ladder and a motorcycle crash. 

Two tourists were injured about 2.30pm yesterday when the motorcycle they were riding collided with an oncoming car on State Highway 6 in the Upper Buller Gorge.

The driver suffered hand injuries, while the passenger sustained back and hip injuries. 

The pair were flown to Nelson Hospital by the Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter, both in a stable condition.

On the West Coast, a 26-year-old Tauranga man had to be winched to safety by the Greymouth-based NZCC Rescue Helicopter after he fell and injured his leg near the Franz Josef Glacier.

The fall happened about 1pm on a steep section of the Alex Knob track, which runs from the floor of the glacier valley to the 1300-metre summit of the Alex Knob peak.


A companion walked out to raise the alarm and the injured man was rescued about 4.20pm. 

The man was treated for a suspected broken leg and flown to Christchurch Hospital. 

The Christchurch-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched four times yesterday, including for a 73-year-old woman who suffered a medical event at Lake Lyndon, near Porters Pass.

The woman was flown to Christchurch Hospital in a critical condition.

The crew also treated a 13-year-old boy who sustained a moderate leg injury while tramping near Mt cheeseman, and a 72-year-old man who suffered a medical event while walking near Lake Coleridge.

A 68-year-old man was also flown to Christchurch Hospital yesterday after falling from a ladder near Rakaia.

The man sustained moderate injuries in the fall.

The Press