Tramper rescued after fall near Queenstown

The injured man walks to the ambulance. Photo: Paul Taylor
The injured man walks to the ambulance. Photo: Paul Taylor

A tramper was rescued from steep Queenstown hill this afternoon after slipping on ice.

Emergency services were called to Alan Reids Rd, off Malaghans Rd near Arrowtown, at about 1.45pm.

The man (67) let off a flare when they arrived so they could pinpoint his position high up on the hill, about 4km down from Coronet Peak skifield.

Firefighters from Arrowtown and Frankton walked up to find him and then a Heliworx Helicopters aircraft, operating through Lakes District Air Rescue Trust, took St John paramedics to him. He was brought down by helicopter.

Emergency services wait on Alan Reids Rd. Photo: Paul Taylor
Emergency services wait on Alan Reids Rd. Photo: Paul Taylor

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Arrowtown station officer Nathan Clark said: "He's slipped on ice and taken a fall while a few hundred metres up.

"Few lacerations to his face, a sore back, and a bit uncomfortable but no broken bones.''

The man walked to the ambulance on Alan Reids Road from the helicopter and was then taken to Lakes District Hospital with what a St John spokesman described as moderate injuries.

About 45 minutes later, police were called to Frankton Rd, where a rental vehicle had collided with a Orbus carrying about 10 passengers.

A bus bike-rack collected by a rental car. Photo: Paul Taylor
A bus bike-rack collected by a rental car. Photo: Paul Taylor
No one was injured but the bike-rack from the bus firmly wedged into the car, which appeared to have made a badly-timed right turn in front of the bus.

And this morning , St John paramedics were called to meet a Jetstar flight from Melbourne after four passengers complained of feeling sick.

One was taken to the nearby hospital for a check-up.  

 

 

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