A man has been flown to Wellington Hospital after he walked into a Dannevirke medical centre with an angle grinder embedded in his chest.

The 47-year-old man was using the angle grinder about midday when it kicked back and became embedded in his chest, according to Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter staff.

He was driven to the Dannevirke Medical Centre and he walked in.

Local police and Fire Service staff prepared a street landing site directly in front of the medical centre and the man was flown by the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter to Wellington Hospital where he was to have surgery.


Meanwhile, the rescue helicopter was called to a rural property near Eketahuna about 3.30pm after a 34-year-old man suffered chain-saw injuries to his arm while pruning trees.

First aid was applied by family members and friends and neighbours then helped rescue helicopter staff when they arrived.

The man was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.