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Kapiti Man injured in jump from cliff 15 metres above stream

Kapiti Man injured in jump from cliff 15 metres above stream

A Life Flight team rescued a man who was seriously injured when he jumped from a cliff towards a water hole and missed.
 
Life Flight responded with a Wellington Free Ambulance Paramedic onboard the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
 
The team responded to the accident in a stream near Reikorangi, east of Waikane, around 6:15 pm this evening. 
 
The helicopter was able to land in a rock bed near the patient, who was being cared for on our arrival by four WFA paramedics.
 
“A friend said the man jumped from near the top of a hill and landed on the bank of the river instead of the deep water hole” says Dave Greenberg, Life Flight crewman.  “The jump was from about 15 metres  above the stream”.
 
The Kapiti man, in his 20’s, is suffering from multiple injuries.
 
The man has been transported to the Wellington Hospital Emergency Department where he is currently being treated and assessed.
 
The Life Flight Trust is a charity providing air rescue and air ambulance services. It operates the Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a national air ambulance service. It relies on support from the public and sponsorship from partners such as Westpac to provide these services. Further information can be obtained from www.lifeflight.org.nz

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