60-year-old Wairarapa man fractures ribs after quad bike rolls on muddy hill


a very muddy cabin inside the helicopter. Photo: “Life Flight”.

Press Release – Life Flight Trust
The Wellington Rescue Helicopter flew to the Northern Wairarapa last night, after being called to a quad bike accident.

A Wairarapa man in his 60s was suffering from fractured ribs and possible internal injuries after his quad bike had rolled on a muddy hill.

The Life Flight Trust sent a Wellington Free Ambulance Paramedic onboard the helicopter, which landed about 40 metres from the injured man. But the slippery and muddy hill made reaching him difficult. Once he was assessed by our paramedic, hen was winched into the helicopter and flown to Wellington Hospital.

“Patches of low cloud made reaching the area difficult for our pilot and the mud at the scene made it very difficult for the entire team,” says Life Flight crewman Dave Greenberg. “The rescue itself took about 2.5 hours but it took well over 3 hours cleaning the inside of the helicopter”.

The man was assessed and treated in the Emergency Department and was then admitted to hospital.

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