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Helicopter rescues mountain-biker in Brooklyn and runner in Belmont

Press Release – Life Flight Trust
The Life Flight Trust responded to two sports-related accidents with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter this morning.

At 1035 the helicopter was called to the mountain bike track near the wind turbine in Brooklyn. A Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic was winched to the scene where a 60 year old Johnsonville man was injured when he came off his mountain bike at speed.

The helicopter landed 400 metres from the injured man and then he was carried to the helicopter and transferred to the Wellington Hospital Emergency Department.

He sustained back and face injuries in the accident and is being treated at hospital.

About 1135 the helicopter flew from the roof of Wellington Hospital to Belmont Regional Park in Lower Hutt.

The paramedic was winched down to a 31 year old Wellington woman who injured her knee while running in the park.

“Our pilot had his work cut out for him given the windy conditions in the area” says Dave Greenberg, Life Flight crewman. “If we were not able to winch it would have taken hours for ambulance crews to walk to the patient and then carry her back out so it was good we were able to accomplish the task”.

The patient and paramedic were winched back into the helicopter and she was transfererd to the Wellington Hospital Emergency Department where she was treated and assessed.

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