Jetboat rolls near Queenstown

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A jetboat driver suffered a broken arm after becoming trapped under his vessel when it rolled on the Rees River near Glenorchy.

Emergency services rushed to the scene – five km upstream from Lake Wakatipu – at 5pm yesterday (Saturday).

Two men, believed to be from Twizel, were in the alloy jetboat when it crashed.

Glenorchy St John paramedic Callan Grimmer says: “It hit a bar coming down stream and rolled once.

“One was trapped for a period of time but his colleagues had got out by the time I arrived.

“It was a broken arm and minor lacerations.”

The driver was airlifted to Southland Hospital in Invercargill by a Heliworks chopper using night-vision equipment.

The boat was left overnight and recovered this morning.