Woman injured jumping into lake

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Lake Rotoiti on Saturday, where a woman had suffered a suspected spinal injury. Supplied photo.

A young woman had to be flown to hospital after a jump into the water at Lake Rotoiti went wrong.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched just before 6pm on Saturday the lake, where an 18-year-old woman had received a suspected spinal injury.

The woman had landed wrong, after jumping 10 metres into the water.

She was flown directly to Middlemore Hospital, accompanied by her brother.

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter also flew to the Tongariro Crossing on Saturday afternoon to assist two people who ran into trouble while on various tracks.

The first patient had fallen on some stairs and suffered a serious head injury. He was flown to Rotorua Hospital for treatment in a comfortable condition.

The second patient was suffering from a medical condition and an awaiting friend was able to drive her home.

Upon landing back in Rotorua at 4.30pm, the rescue helicopter was immediately tasked with a job in Ruatahuna, where a local man had fallen from a ute and suffered serious head injuries.

He was flown to Rotorua Hospital in a serious but stable condition to undergo further testing.


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