Boy airlifted after mountain biking accident

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The Lowe Rescue Corporation helicopter airlifted a 14-year-old boy from the Pan Pac mountain bike park near Whirinaki on Saturday. PHOTO/GOOGLE MAPS
The Lowe Rescue Corporation helicopter airlifted a 14-year-old boy from the Pan Pac mountain bike park near Whirinaki on Saturday. PHOTO/GOOGLE MAPS

A young boy from Napier required an airlift to Hawke's Bay Hospital after a mountain biking accident over the weekend.

Around 1.30PM on Saturday, the Lowe Rescue Corporation helicopter airlifted a 14-year-old boy from the Pan Pac mountain bike park near Whirinaki.

The boy, from Taradale, suffered a shoulder injury after coming off his mountain bike.
He was transported to the Hawke's Bay Fallen Soldier's Memorial Hospital for further treatment. A HBDHB spokeswoman said the boy was treated at hospital and discharged around 3pm on Saturday.

Yesterday Hawke's Bay Mountain Bike club chairman Scott Richardson said he did not know the young boy involved, or if he was a member of the club, but said it was "always distressing" to hear of an accident.

"It's always unfortunate to hear someone's hurt themselves," he said.

While the park offered a great range of tracks, some of it was at an advanced level, and recent continuous rainfall had left the tracks slippery.

"Anyone can fall off their bike in those conditions," he said. The greasy tracks also meant bikers could "fall off as much on the easy flat stuff as the harder tracks."

Other members of the club reported seeing the helicopter at the Eskdale park, but did not know the boy involved.

In August, the Lowe Rescue Corporation helicopter airlifted another young man from the park after a similar accident.

The teenage boy from Havelock North was thought to have broken his leg after falling from his bike.

He had been attended to at the scene by an Advanced St John Paramedic, before being flown to the Hawke's Bay Fallen Soldier's Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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