WD rolls over edge and flips 12 times

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 23/04/2014

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Rescuers had to winch two men 80 metres after their four-wheel-drive flipped 12 times down a hill near Riversdale.

The Christchurch men, aged 56 and 36, were pulled from the site of the wreckage and flown to Dunedin Hospital.

Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand spokesman Steve Rendle said the men suffered cuts and bruises and the older man suffered a dislocated shoulder.

A personal locator beacon was activated after the crash, which happened just before 1pm yesterday.

A rescue helicopter from Dunedin went to the scene, Rendle said.

The vehicle was part of a group of four doing some 4WD driving in an area popular for the activity, he said.

"It appears the vehicle was going up a hill and in some greasy conditions lost traction and rolled over the edge. It flipped about 12 times," he said.

"The windscreen was smashed out."

The rescue was another example of the benefits of having a personal locator beacon, Rendle said.

Beacons were not only a valuable and potentially life-saving tool for hunters and trampers - anyone going off the beaten track should consider carrying one, he said.

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