Badly in­jured con­trac­tor re­vived by dog

Otago Daily Times - - Regions - SHAN­NON GIL­LIES

LICKED to con­scious­ness by his dog, a North Otago farm con­trac­tor spent the next nine hours trapped in a pad­dock call­ing for help on Thurs­day night.

Po­lice were no­ti­fied just be­fore 11pm on Thurs­day by the 30­year­old man’s part­ner that he was miss­ing and the farmer in charge of the land where the man was thought to be went search­ing for him.

The farmer found the man in a ‘‘bad con­di­tion’’, next to his dog, about 1.17am yes­ter­day at a John­stons Rd, Fuch­sia Creek, ad­dress.

Sergeant Tony Wood­bridge, of Oa­maru, said while in­quiries were on­go­ing it was be­lieved the man had jumped from his farm ve­hi­cle which he had been us­ing for chem­i­cal­spray­ing, when the ve­hi­cle rolled down a hill.

The man had a bro­ken an­kle, bro­ken leg and ab­dom­i­nal in­juries, Sgt Wood­bridge said.

He was taken to Oa­maru Hos­pi­tal and then trans­ferred to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal. WorkSafe has been no­ti­fied. The ve­hi­cle was found, dam­aged, at the bot­tom of a cliff.

shan­non.gil­lies@odt.co.nz

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