The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 6 pm on Saturday 2 December to Pori Pori Rd, where a 28-year-old male had suffered a serious back injury.
The man was swimming at a waterhole, near Pori Pori Bridge and jumped into the water where it was too shallow. He impacted on the rocks, causing a serious injury to his back.
Due to the location in a steep gorge, the rescue helicopter utilised the Port of Tauranga Rescue Winch and lowered a paramedic down to the man. The man was stablised and then was extracted from the scene, along with the paramedic. He was flown to Tauranga Hospital for further assessment.