Busy day for rescue helicopter crew

A hunter who suffered a leg crush injury was among three groups rescued by the Christchurch-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter yesterday.

The helicopter crew was called to the Lake Sumner area to help the hunter about 6pm yesterday.

He was treated at the scene by St John and Westpac Rescue intensive care paramedics and flown to Christchurch Hospital, where he remained in a stable condition this morning.

Immediately after dropping the man off at hospital, the rescue crew were sent to help three people who had been bluffed in the Mt Thomas area.

The trio were found with the aid of night-vision googles and winched to safety.

A rescue helicopter spokesperson said the group were thankful not to spend the night in freezing conditions.

Earlier yesterday, a search and rescue operation was launched at Mt Hutt Ski Field after two people were reported missing about 4.30pm.

The pair were found and winched to safety with help from Mt Hutt patrollers. 

The rescue helicopter spokesperson said the pair were injured, but had become bluffed 300 metres below the ski field's main trails.

The Press