The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter has airlifted man to Nelson Hospital after his float plane crash landed. Photo/ Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

Man winched from mountainside


A rush of people to the mountains after recent heavy snow resulted in a busy Sunday for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

A 29-year-old Nelson man had to be winched from a mountainside in the St Arnaud Ranges late this afternoon after he injured himself in a fall while skiing.

Ski patrollers from the adjacent Rainbow skifield were able to access the man and provide initial care, but given his location and the nature of the injury, the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was required to winch him to safety.

The on-board Intensive Care Paramedic was off-loaded near the scene and provided further treatment to the man before both medic and patient were winched on-board the helicopter, transporting him to Nelson Hospital Emergency Department for further care.

Earlier on Sunday morning, the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter had been called to the Rainbow Ski Area after two people were injured in separate accidents.

A 12-year-old Nelson boy and an 18-year-old Tapawera woman were both treated by the on-board Intensive Care Parame