Boy badly hurt by 'full speed' boat propeller

Photo / File
Photo / File

A nine-year-old boy was airlifted to Starship Hospital after a boat propeller cut his leg to the bone this afternoon.

The boy was struck by the craft at full speed at Tinopai in Northland about 4pm, a St John Ambulance spokesman said.

"It was quite a deep cut and the boat was going at full speed,'' he said. "The bone has been exposed".

Local fire fighters gave the boy first aid until ambulance and a Northland Emergency Services Trust helicopter arrived to transport the boy to Starship Hospital in Auckland.

- APNZ

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf02 at 11 Feb 2016 11:20:17 Processing Time: 343ms