Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Tough break for deerstalker

ACC Media Release

17 October 2013

Tough break for deerstalker

There’s nothing like getting injured to make you aware of the impact an injury can have on your life.

As part of ACC Safety Week 2013, ACC clients are sharing their stories about how they got injured – and they’re encouraging other Kiwis to pay attention to safety, to avoid getting injured themselves.

Below, New Plymouth’s Garry Rutherford shares his story:

“Be prepared” is the Scouts motto, and it’s one that certainly helped Garry Rutherford when a hunting trip turned bad!

Garry and his son were returning to their boat at the end of the trip, and at that stage, they probably thought the worst thing about it was not managing to bag a deer.

That was until Gary slipped on a couple of planks that acted as a bridge across the river.

“My right leg ended up under the planks, and my femur was broken,” says Garry. “I managed to get to my son then crawl to a mud patch, where we activated our locator beacon.

Garry says he was lucky to have good hunting gear.

“This happened about quarter past six, so it was dark. But once we set the beacon my wife knew something had gone wrong, and they were able to send out a helicopter.”

“Fortunately, they knew exactly where to find me, although at first the helicopter had difficulty finding somewhere suitable to land.”

Once the chopper crew reached Garry, he was flown to New Plymouth Hospital. He required surgery to fix the break, which he describes as being “like eggshells in there”.

Five months in a brace as well as ACC-funded physio followed, though initially the physiotherapy wasn’t as helpful as hoped, due to a cracked foot that was only discovered later.

“It took two and a half weeks of physio before I could bend my knee enough to cycle. I found that massages to my leg, to get the blood flowing, helped. Once my foot was fixed, things got better.”

The injury was a pain in other ways, says Garry, as he had to get people in to help with his home-kill business.

Garry is now back working and hunting.  He has even returned to the place of his injury, but there was no way he was crossing those planks again!

He has a bit of a limp, but no longer feels pain in his leg or ankle, and knows things could have been much worse.

“You never realise, until you have something like this happen to you, just how it affects you. It can be a bit of a nightmare really.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news