Press Release – Life Flight Trust
The Westpac rescue helicopter was called to two incidents on the Wairarapa coast today.
A Life Flight crew with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic was first called to Riversdale around 11.20 this morning. A 47 year old Manawatu man was suffering from hypothermia after being stuck in the water for 45 minutes.
“As I understand it the man was retrieving a fishing net in shallow water when he got caught up in currents,” says Dave Greenberg, Life Flight Crewman. “He was unable to get himself back to shore until assisted by someone from shore who saw him in trouble”.
The man was being treated by locals when the helicopter and a road ambulance arrived. The man was transported to Masterton Hospital in a stable condition.
As the helicopter left Masterton Hospital to return to Wellington, it was sent to Tora where had been bitten by a stingray.
The 21 year old Masterton man had suffered a minor injury from a sting ray barb stab to his lower leg. He had been walking in shallow water when he felt sharp pain.
He was transported to Masterton Hospital in good condition with a minor wound.
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.