Arm smashed in high-speed crash
A young man has been seriously injured after a high-speed motocross bike crash.
Two bikes collided at 80kmh on Muriwai Beach, northwest Auckland, on Sunday. The speed limit varies between 30kmh and 60kmh on the beach and drivers must have a permit.
Emergency services rushed to the scene about 7.35pm.
The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter had originally flown to the beach in search of a missing swimmer but was diverted to the crash.
The 18-year-old man had suffered a pelvic injury and compound arm fracture and was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition.
The mission capped off a busy weekend for the rescue helicopter.
Late on Friday night, an elderly man was flown from Waiheke Island in a serious condition after he fell up to 10 metres down a bank.
He had shoulder and arm injuries and was taken to Auckland City Hospital.
On Saturday, the helicopter team’s Rapid Response Vehicle rushed to the Marine Rescue Centre in downtown Auckland, where a man in his 30s had partially amputated his finger.
The search for the missing swimmer has continued on February 27. A shoreline search has occurred and the police Eagle helicopter has scoured the beach.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter at Muriwai Beach. Photo: Supplied