Forestry worker survives 30m fall
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 12:00a.m.
A Masterton forestry worker survived a fall of more than 30 metres down a ravine while spraying pine trees in the Wairarapa today.
The 27-year-old man, who received a broken leg and possible head injuries, was winched from the gully floor by the crew of the Wellington-based Westpac rescue helicopter.
"It is quite amazing that the man survived a fall of that distance," helicopter crewman Dave Greenberg said.
"He was a bit confused as to exactly what happened but he said the fall was over 100 feet and he didn't remember hitting much on the way down."
The man was part of a group working about 2km east of Tuturumuri, 31km south of Martinborough, when he slipped into the gully, eventually landing in a creek at the bottom, Mr Greenberg said.
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1/09/2009 4:12:21 p.m.
Peter Cumming wrote:
This is our son and we are so gratful to all his work mates, the tora folk, the chopper crew and all the staff at Wellington hospital who patched him up.We will always be in your debt thanks from our heart Peter & Janice Cumming
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