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Photo credit - Life Flight
Photo credit – Life Flight

Helicopter winches elderly tramper to safety

By Alan Tristram

Life Flight team has rescued an elderly tramper in the Tararua ranges by winching him to safety after he was injured in a fall.


The Life Flight team responded onboard the Westpac Rescue Helicopter with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic onboard.


 The Hutt Valley man, in his 70’s, was injured when he fell while tramping near a stream on Mt Holdsworth.  A member of the public raised the alarm to a DOC ranger who notified the emergency services.




A paramedic was winched down to the man and then the pair were winched back into the helicopter.  The man was suffering from moderate injuries and was transported to Wellington Hospital in what’s described as ‘a moderate’ condition.

The photo is of the Hutt Valley man and a WFA paramedic being winched from Tararaua ranges.  



The rescue yesterday was the 7th callout for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in two days.

The other missions were:



          Friday, 7am -woman in her 80’s transported from Waikane after a fall


          Friday  12 noon – Wairarapa man in his 60’s transported with a medical condition suffered while fishing off Ngawi



          Friday 2pm – Wairarapa man in his 30’s transported to Masterton Hospital from Castle Point area after being stung by bees



          Friday 4pm – Wairarapa child transported from Masterton to Wellington hospital


          Friday 7pm – Marlborough man transported from Wairau to Nelson Hospital with a serious medical condition



          Saturday 4pm – Porirua teen transported after an off road motocross accident



          Saturday 5pm – Hutt Valley man winched and transported after a fall in the Tararuas