A man has been thrown into the air and injured in what is
being described as a freak accident involving a tree.
The Life Flight crew responded on the Westpac Rescue
Helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic, to a
property in the Seddon area, near Blenheim, just after
On arrival they found the Seddon Fire Brigade treating a man
aged in his 70s who had been tossed into the air while
cutting down a tree.
"Apparently the tree snapped and the trunk caught the man,
flinging him about three metres into the air," said Life
Flight crewman Dave Greenberg. "He was quite lucky that he
didn't follow the tree, which fell approximately 10 metres
down a bank".
The man sustained multiple injuries, none of which were
The man, from the Nelson area, was flown to The Nelson
Hospital Emergency Department in a stable condition.