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Mountain Bike Rider Transported To Hospital By Helicopter From Karapoti

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The Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter transported a 32 year old woman to hospital today after she fell from her moutain bike while riding at Karapoti near Upper Hutt.

The helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic onboard was called to the accident just before midday today. The woman was believed to have fallen in an area approximately 50 minutes walking time from the Karapoti carpark end of the trail. The alarm was raised by fellow riders who had to return to the the Karapoti carpark to get cellphone coverage. "Our initial information was that she had fallen down a steep bank and may need to be winched from where she had fallen" says Colin Larsen, Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman. "We were told by the womans friends that she had suffered quite a deep laceration to her left leg".

One of the womans friends was able to help the helicopter crew navigate to where it was thought she had fallen. A brief search of the area was carried out by the helicopter before we were notified that other bike riders had helped the woman back out to the Karapoti carpark.

The helicopter then returned to the carpark where the woman was treated by the Wellington Free Ambulance helicopter paramedic and flown to the Wellington Hospital Emergency Department. She is currently being further assesed and treated for her injury.

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