A 15-year-old boy was airlifted to Whakatane Hospital late last night after suffering spinal injuries when he fell off a swing.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Kaha Medical Centre just before 11.30pm last night to meet a road ambulance that had the boy on board.

The teen had been on a swing when the rope broke causing him to fall and land on his back, a rescue helicopter spokesperson said.

He was flown to Whakatane Hospital for further assessment.

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The flight was conducted under the use of Night Vision Goggles.