Young forest worker injured in accident at Kanakanaia

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A TEENAGE forest worker suffered a back injury this morning when he was struck by either a tree branch or a hauler wire in a forest at Kanakanaia at the back of Te Karaka.

The ECT rescue helicopter was called out at 8.30am this morning.

“We were unable to land because of the terrain, so the chopper pilot hovered over the accident scene and we jumped out to tend to the patient,” said intensive care paramedic Jackie Clapperton.

“Once we stablised the 17-year-old man, we put him on a stretcher. The helicopter hovered over us again and with the help of the forestry crew we were able to get him on board.

“He suffered a moderate back injury after being struck by either a tree branch or a hauler cable wire.”

Mrs Clapperton said the forestry crew handled the situation very well.

“They were awesome.”

The injured teen was flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.

“He was in a stable condition.”

A TEENAGE forest worker suffered a back injury this morning when he was struck by either a tree branch or a hauler wire in a forest at Kanakanaia at the back of Te Karaka.

The ECT rescue helicopter was called out at 8.30am this morning.

“We were unable to land because of the terrain, so the chopper pilot hovered over the accident scene and we jumped out to tend to the patient,” said intensive care paramedic Jackie Clapperton.

“Once we stablised the 17-year-old man, we put him on a stretcher. The helicopter hovered over us again and with the help of the forestry crew we were able to get him on board.

“He suffered a moderate back injury after being struck by either a tree branch or a hauler cable wire.”

Mrs Clapperton said the forestry crew handled the situation very well.

“They were awesome.”

The injured teen was flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.

“He was in a stable condition.”

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Heni Porter, Qld - 2 months ago
Awwww. Arohanui kia koe love. God bless you at this time. Kia kaha

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