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Two mountain bikers with head and neck injuries rescued by helicopter after falls

Press Release – Westpac Rescue Helicopter
The Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter carried two mountain bikers to Wellington Hospital from two different incidents this afternoon.

On the first call, a 15 year old male from Lower Hutt had been mountain biking near Ngawi on the Wairarapa coast when he fell off, injuring his head and neck.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded with a Wellington Free Ambulance Paramedic onboard.

The helicopter was able to land near the local Fire Station where the patient had been transported and was being treated by a local fire brigade member.

The patient was transported to Wellington Hospital Emergency Department where he was assessed and treated for his injuries.

On the second call, a 49 year old man from Lower Hut was mountain biking on a track in QE2 Park south of Paraparaumu when he fell off coming down a hill.

The mountain biker also suffered injuries to his head and neck.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded with a Wellington Free Ambulance Paramedic onboard.

On arrival the patient was being treated by Two Wellington Free Ambulance Paramedics. The helicopter was able to land near the patient’s location in the sand dunes.

The patient was transported to Wellington Hospital Emergency Department where he was assessed and treated for his injuries.

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