Horse Rider Trapped

Rescuers Free Rider Trapped

Under Dying Horse

November 22nd 2009

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been called to help a woman rider trapped under her horse on the South Coast near Wainuiomata…

Upon arrival, the rescue team found a young woman underneath her dying horse.

“Apparently the woman was in a group of three riders when her horse suffered a seizure, falling to the ground and trapping her underneath,” says Dave Greenberg, Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman.

“Luckily there were some other people nearby and they were able to pull her out from under the horse after a few minutes”.

The woman was knocked unconscious briefly in the fall and her helmet was heavily damaged.

“It would appear the helmet saved her life” says Greenberg.  “The helmet was shattered but it did its job and protected her head”.

The 19 year old Lower Hutt woman was conscious although groggy when help arrived.

She was flown to Wellington Hospital Emergency Department where she was assessed and treated.

The horse died at the scene.