Wellington-Based Crew Is On The Job In NZ
News from New Zealand now... where the Wellington-based Westpac
Rescue Helicopter crew spent a busy weekend transporting motorcross
accident victims from the Wairarapa and Marlborough. The Life
Flight NZ air ambulance also transported a seriously injured hang
gliding accident victim to Christchurch.
On Saturday, the helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance
paramedic onboard, responded to Mt. Ross, near Martinborough in the
Wairarapa around 11:30 am local time. A 50-year-old man suffered a
leg injury when he was thrown from his motorcross bike.
"The man was not seriously injured but his remote location meant
that it would have taken many hours to get to him and then back
out" says Dave Greenberg, Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman. "We
had him back to Wellington Hospital less then an hour after the
call for help was received by 111".
The man was treated at Wellington Hospital Emergency Department,
and discharged late Saturday.
That wasn't the first motocross-related call the Westpac crew
received this weekend. Sunday afternoon, the helicopter was called
to a motorcross event in Linkwater in Marlborough. Near the end of
one of the races two young riders collided, injuring them both.
A 13-year-old girl suffered from back pain, and a 10-year-old
boy suffered a badly broken leg after the collision. The pair were
treated by a private ambulance at the event, and then transported
to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim for treatment around 5pm this
"Initially it was thought that one of the riders was suffering
from a concussion so the helicopter was called in" says Greenberg.
"Luckily both riders were wearing full safety gear so although one
of them was a bit dazed, our Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic
does not think they were concussed".
Not very much is known about the hang glider pilot. Rescue crews
believe he was injured in a 10-meter fall late Sunday afternoon. He
was transported to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim, believed to be
suffering from head and spinal injuries. He was later transported
to Christchurch Hospital aboard the Life Flight NZ air