Tramper rescued by helicopter

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An elderly tramper was rescued by helicopter after he fell in the Tararua Ranges near Wellington yesterday.

The Hutt Valley man, aged in his 70s, suffered moderate injuries when he fell near a stream on Mt Holdsworth, Life Flight rescue service crewman Dave Greenberg said.

A member of the public raised the alarm with a Department of Conservation ranger, who notified emergency services.

The Life Flight team responded on board the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Mr Greenberg said a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic was winched down to the man and the pair were then winched back into the helicopter.

The man was taken to Wellington Hospital in a moderate condition.


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