Arm smashed in high-speed crash

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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.

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West­pac Res­cue Heli­copter at Muri­wai Beach. Photo: Sup­plied

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