Injured man airlifted

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An injured rafter was flown out of a Queenstown river canyon after bruising his leg on a commercial rafting trip.

The man, in his 30s, hit a rock when he fell out of the Queenstown Rafting vessel at Mother Rapid, Shotover River, on Tuesday at about 4pm.

Kiwi Discovery and Queenstown Rafting general manager Tim Barke says: “He had a good whack and was quite uncomfortable.

“It’s not uncommon to fall out; it’s just the nature of white-water rafting.

“We always err on the side of caution, so airlifted him out.”

Barke says that section of river is fairly inaccessible for vehicles. The man was flown out by a Lakes District Air Rescue Trust helicopter.

“Any time there’s an incident we have an internal investigation,” Barke says.

“We’ve been through that and basically it was just a normal situation where he fell out of the raft.”

His fellow rafters continued down the river after the incident.