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Injured mountain biker airlifted

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Tonight just after 5pm the Rotorua based Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Whakarewarewa Forest to assist an injured mountain bike rider. The 49 year old New Plymouth man fell from his bike and suffered severe pelvic injuries.

The crash site was near Mount Moerangi on a steep face and covered in heavy bush. Due to the inaccessibility of the crash site and lack of suitable landing areas, the man had to be winched to the helicopter using the First Sovereign Winch.

Local St John Paramedics stabilised the man on scene and he was airlifted back to Rotorua Hospital for further treatment and observation.

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