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Three skiers injured on Nelson mountains

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/08/2016

Three skiers have been flown out from mountains in the Nelson region after separate accidents.

A 12-year-old Nelson boy and an 18-year-old Tapawera woman were flown to Nelson Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter on Sunday morning after separate accidents at Rainbow Ski Area.

They both had shoulder and arm injuries.

"Managed to get a broken wrist, but want to give a huge thanks to the rainbow medics for looking after me! And it was a pretty cool helicopter ride - my first!" Clare Leyland posted on the field's Facebook page.

Later in the day a 29-year-old Nelson man was winched from a mountainside in the St Arnaud Ranges after he injured himself in a fall while skiing.

Ski patrollers from the adjacent Rainbow Ski Area provided initial care, but the rescue helicopter was needed to get him out.

Skiers headed to the mountains in big numbers on Sunday after a snow storm cleared in most areas.

Many posts on the Rainbow Ski Area Facebook page said it was a fabulous day with beautiful snow.

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