Burns vic­tim flown to Mid­dle­more

The Northland Age - - Local News -

A lo­cal man who suf­fered burns to both arms while chang­ing gas bot­tles at Mo­tukaka (Par­adise) Bay, near Taupo Bay, on Sun­day evening was flown by Auck­land’s West­pac res­cue he­li­copter to the city’s Mid­dle­more Hos­pi­tal.

Man­gonui Fire Bri­gade CFO Ant Ped­er­sen said the man was chang­ing the bot­tle on a cooker when the ac­ci­dent, ini­tially re­ported as a bot­tle ex­plo­sion, oc­curred.

Gas in the line from the bot­tle to the cooker had been ig­nited by a pi­lot light on a small fridge, he said, re­sult­ing in first de­gree burns to both the man’s arms.

“It sounds more se­ri­ous than it was — at least it wasn’t a bot­tle ex­plo­sion — but it was bad enough,” Mr Ped­er­sen said.

A short time ear­lier the Man­gonui bri­gade was called to Puwheke Beach, on the Karikari Penin­sula, where a 59-year-old man, also be­lieved to be lo­cal, had fallen and dis­lo­cated a hip. The Auck­land res­cue he­li­copter was called but was di­verted to Mo­tukaka Bay, the fire crew car­ry­ing the in­jured man around the rocks “and through the wa­ter a bit.”. He was sub­se­quently ad­mit­ted to Kaitaia Hos­pi­tal.

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