Stockman hurt in fall from horse

A STOCKMAN was injured this morning when he came off his horse and fell 10 metres down a bank on a remote part of a farm property at the end of Papatu Road at Manutuke.

The emergency happened before 6.30am.

“The injured man, aged in his 20s, was mustering some sheep when it happened,” said St John territory manager Shane Clapperton.

“He fell 10 metres and suffered moderate injuries to his abdomen and chest in the fall.”

Mr Clapperton said fortunately the farm worker, who had been on his own, was able to get help for himself using his cellphone.

“We had a road ambulance on the way to the scene at 6.30am. But when the crew got to the farm they had a 30-minute four-wheel drive trip to the accident site.

“It was four to five kilometres away from the road.”

When St John staff arrived, it was clear a helicopter would be needed and the ECT rescue helicopter was called in, he said.

“We were able to land nearby and he was carried uphill on a stretcher to the chopper.”

The man was treated initially in the emergency department.

An update on his status and condition in hospital was not available when the The Gisborne Herald went to print today.

A STOCKMAN was injured this morning when he came off his horse and fell 10 metres down a bank on a remote part of a farm property at the end of Papatu Road at Manutuke.

The emergency happened before 6.30am.

“The injured man, aged in his 20s, was mustering some sheep when it happened,” said St John territory manager Shane Clapperton.

“He fell 10 metres and suffered moderate injuries to his abdomen and chest in the fall.”

Mr Clapperton said fortunately the farm worker, who had been on his own, was able to get help for himself using his cellphone.

“We had a road ambulance on the way to the scene at 6.30am. But when the crew got to the farm they had a 30-minute four-wheel drive trip to the accident site.

“It was four to five kilometres away from the road.”

When St John staff arrived, it was clear a helicopter would be needed and the ECT rescue helicopter was called in, he said.

“We were able to land nearby and he was carried uphill on a stretcher to the chopper.”

The man was treated initially in the emergency department.

An update on his status and condition in hospital was not available when the The Gisborne Herald went to print today.

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