Reality turn in toy rescue

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2013

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A new ladder is top of the shopping list for Richard Goodger after he had to be rescued while on a rescue mission himself.

Climbing on to his roof to get down his son's new shooting rocket on Boxing Day, the Timaru man popped his already broken collar bone and couldn't get back down.

Broken bones or not, Mr Goodger said he wasn't going to let his son's new toy stay on the roof.

"The things you do for your kids' Christmas presents."

He said he felt the bone pop immediately as he jumped from a tree to the roof and knew he wasn't going to be able to climb down by himself.

With his cellphone in his pocket, he was able to call the fire service from the roof.

Mr Goodger's wife, Andrea, said it took about 10 minutes to get him down.

An ambulance was also called to the scene, taking Mr Goodger to hospital, where his collarbone was X-rayed again.

He is now waiting to hear from the surgeon whether or not he needs pins put in.

The rocket was also brought down safely, although Mr Goodger said his son was a little embarrassed about the fire service being called.

If the rocket goes up on the roof again, Mr Goodger said he would be sure to use a ladder - in fact they were going to buy one next week.

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- The Timaru Herald

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