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Mountain biker winched from remote bush on Lake Tarawera

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

At 2.15pm Monday, the Rotorua based BayTrust Rescue helicopter was despatched to a remote bush area near the hot water beach area on Lake Tarawera to assist a mountain biker. The 52 year old woman from Adelaide (Australia) had come off her bike and was unable to move due to her injuries.

Details of her exact location were sketchy due to limited communications in the area, however the group was spotted from the helicopter. An advanced Paramedic from St John was winched into the site to assess the woman using the "First Sovereign Trust Rescue Winch". Once stabilised the woman was placed on a stretcher and winched aboard the helicopter and flown to Rotorua Hospital in a comfortable condition with suspected leg injuries.

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