A 21-year-old farm worker was seriously injured in a quad
bike accident in the Rangitikei district.
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was called to the
incident at a rural property in Rangiwaea, near Taihape about
Pilot Chris Moody said the hurt man was discovered after a
farm manager noticed a damaged, upturned quad bike at the
bottom of a steep hill.
"The manager was then able to locate the injured worker near
the hill top and the alarm was raised," he said.
"Another farm staff member assisted in directing the
helicopter to the patient's exact location and using night
vision goggles the crew were able to land close by on a
narrow hillside track."
By the time the crew reached the injured man, he had been
outside for "a couple of hours" and was quite cold, Mr Moody
The quad bike and trailer unit appeared to have rolled in the
accident, resulting in upper body injuries to the worker, he
It took about 30 minutes to stabilise him. He was then flown
to Whanganui Hospital in a serious but stable condition, Mr
- Teuila Fuatai of The New Zealand Herald