Surgeons did not try to re-attach a man's foot, severed in an accident at the Port of Tauranga yesterday.

The 41-year-old Tauranga man's foot was cut off just above the ankle when it became caught in a winch as the he worked in the port's log yard.

The man and his foot were rushed to Tauranga Hospital before being transferred by the TrustPower TECT rescue helicopter to Waikato Hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman said the man was in a stable condition in a ward this morning.


Contrary to previous reports, she said surgeons did not try to reattach the foot.

St John paramedic Gary Bishell said the man's workmates did a great job of administering first aid until ambulance staff arrived.

Port of Tauranga confirmed the man was not a port employee.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment health and safety inspectors are investigating the accident.