It was around lunchtime in the mid-December heat when sheep farmer Bing Lincoln was violently thrown from his quad bike becoming trapped underneath it.
The day had started like any other on Makorori Station just north of Gisborne, Bing was out mustering sheep when the accident happened out of the blue.
“Before I knew it, the quad had spun around and over I went,” he said. “With the bike on my chest, I couldn’t access my cell phone to sound the alarm.
“My arms and hands were pinned so there was nothing I could do. I was supposed to meet one of the farm generals at 2pm. He found me at 4pm after spotting one of my dogs on the ridge.”
Bing said the ambulance was called first but, after assessing him, the paramedics decided the ECT Rescue Helicopter was a safer option.
ECT Rescue Helicopter Pilot, Neil Dodds, had to manoeuvre the helicopter carefully onto a farm track so it was close to Bing, who was concealed in a low-lying dip in the hill.
“From there things happen very quickly. It was around a two-and-a-half minute flight to the hospital,” Neil said.
He said this rescue highlighted the fact that you don’t need to be miles out of town to make use of the helicopter.
“We can make a critical difference whenever and wherever access is difficult."
As a result of his accident, Bing sustained a broken collarbone and badly bruised lungs, ribs and kidneys.
“I’m still unable to work, but thanks to the rescue helicopter pilot, paramedic and nurse who took care of me, I should make a full recovery. They were a top team,” he said.