Forestry worker breaks legs in 350-metre cliff plunge

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

A forestry worker has survived a 350 metre fall in a remote area of the East Cape.

Fire Service staff used ropes and climbing equipment to come to the aid of the man after he plunged down the bank in a forestry block about 28km east of Opotiki.

North communications shift manager Scott Osmond said the man had broken his legs in the fall.

He had been taken to safety on a stretcher and flown to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.

An Opotiki police spokesman said it was not known whether a vehicle was involved in the incident.


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