Press Release – Life Flight Trust
A forestry worker in the Wairarapa was injured by a rolling tree this morning.
The Life Flight Trust’s Westpac rescue helicopter was called to the accident at approximately 9.30am.
The accident happened at a logging operation near Castlepoint. The injured man suffered serious leg injuries after the tree rolled into him. The helicopter landed a short distance from the patient, who was found down an embankment. Fellow forestry workers had made him comfortable and started basic first aid before the helicopter arrived.
“The injured workman’s crew had done a great job in treating their colleague and preparing a landing site” says Life Flight crewman Colin Larsen. “They were able to supply good gps co-ordinates and location information, which made finding the accident site straightforward”.
The injured worker, a Wairarapa man in his late 30s, was flown to Wellington Hospital Emergency Department with serious leg injuries.
The Life Flight Trust is a charity providing air rescue and air ambulance services. It operates the Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a nationwide air ambulance service. It relies on support from the public and sponsorship from partners such as Westpac to provide these services. Further information can be obtained from www.lifeflight.org.nz