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Rescue underway for injured fisherman

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Monday 6 September
Time: 12.05pm

Rescue underway for injured fisherman

A helicopter has been launched to rescue a seriously injured crewman from a fishing vessel, about 160 nautical miles east of Enderby Island, which is south of New Zealand.

The crewman’s leg has been caught in a large machine onboard the vessel.

Due to the long distance the helicopter will be flying, the helicopter will refuel at Enderby Island before locating the vessel. A paramedic will be winched on to the vessel to assess the patient.

The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ estimates the helicopter will not reach the vessel until later tonight, about 6.30pm.

A fixed wing aircraft will be launched from Invercargill to provide top cover for the helicopter.

ENDS


An update will be sent to you as when further information comes to hand.


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