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Quad bike accident in the Northern Wairarapa

Quad bike accident in the Northern Wairarapa

At about 6:30pm last evening (December 27) a Life Flight team responded to a quad bike accident in the Northern Wairarapa.

Life Flight responded with a Wellington Free Ambulance Paramedic onboard the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

On our arrival we found a Wairarapa man in his 60’s who was suffering from fractured ribs and possible internal injuries after his quad bike rolled on a muddy hill.

The helicopter was able to land about 40 metres from the man but the extremely slippery and muddy hill made reaching the man difficult. Once he was assessed by our paramedic the man was winched into the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and flown to Wellington Hospital.

“Patches of low cloud made reaching the area difficult for our pilot and the mud at the scene made it very difficult for the entire team on scene” says Life Flight crewman Dave Greenberg. “The rescue itself took about 2.5 hours but it took well over 3 hours cleaning the inside of the helicopter”.

a very muddy cabin inside the helicopter. Photo: “Life Flight”.

The man was assessed and treated in the Emergency Department upon our arrival last evening and has been admitted to hospital.


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