At 4pm on Sunday, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waioeka Gorge.
A 26-year old male pig hunter slipped whilst walking along a track and fell 5 metres down a steep bank into a rocky river bed. The fall resulted in a serious spinal injury and the hunter could not move due to the pain. His hunting companion alerted emergency services who then requested the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter with a winch.
The patient was winched from the scene and treated by St John and onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being flown to Tauranga Hospital for further treatment.