A Wellington based
Westpac Rescue Helicopter transported a patient to safety,
after a paraglider crash Saturday afternoon.
A 49yr old Wanganui man was injured when his paraglider crash
landed on the beach at Paekakariki, north of Wellington, around
1330 local time.
"The man crashed from a height of about 5 meters," says Logan
Taylor, Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman. "He was lucky not to
land in the water and to be rescued before the incoming
The helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic onboard,
landed on the beach near the accident. Once stabilized, the man was
transported to the Wellington Hospital Emergency Department with
lower back and leg injuries. He is currently being treated and
assessed and reported to be in a stable condition.
The Life Flight Trust provides two essential community services,
the Wellington-based Westpac Rescue helicopter and the Life Flight
NZ air ambulance service, based in both Wellington and Auckland.
They tell ANN that, "We help to save thousands of people every
year, from premature babies through to elderly patients. Whether
undertaking intensive care level medical transport, helping
accident victims or rescuing a tramper in the bush, Life Flight has
one mission: to help save lives."