A young man, hospitalised after falling about four metres
from a broken rope swing, is in a stable condition in
The 23-year-old Christchurch man was with a group of friends
at a popular swimming spot on the West Coast when things went
wrong on Saturday afternoon.
A spokesman from the New Zealand Coal and Carbon rescue
helicopter, which flew the man to Greymouth Hospital, said
the rope swing snapped while the man was being pulled back by
his mates on the shore of Lake Brunner.
"His friends were pulling him back up high to try and get a
big swing. He fell onto the gravel."
The man was transferred to Christchurch Hospital by the NZ
Flying Doctor Service air ambulance later on Saturday,
suffering from spinal and leg fractures. He fell from about
four metres off the ground, the spokesman said.
A spokeswoman from the Canterbury District Health Board today
said the man was in a stable condition.
He is grateful for the the aid provided by helicopter staff,