Akatarawa Rescue

Helicopter Rescues Injured Mountain Biker

Near Paraparaumu

A Life Flight Trust team has winched an injured mountain biker from the Akatarawa Ranges near Paraparaumu late this afternoon.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic onboard, flew to the “Devil’s Staircase”where the mountain biker was injured after falling from his bike. 
“Ambulance communications was able to provide us a very accurate GPS point so we flew directly to the patient’s location” says Life Flight Crewman Dave Greenberg.
“We winched our paramedic down to the patient and after a quick assessment the pair were winched back into the helicopter and the patient flown to Wellington”.
The 37 year old Petone man was part of a group of riders training for the upcoming Karapoti Classicis.  He is believed to be suffering from non-life threatening chest injuries.
He was flown to the Wellington Hospital Emergency Department.

The Life Flight Trust is a charity providing air rescue and air ambulance services. It operates the Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a national air ambulance service. It relies on support from the public and sponsorship from partners such as Westpac to provide these services.