Mustering goes wrong for Bing

Mustering goes wrong for Bing

A day out mustering on Makorori Station turned into a lucky escape for Bing Lincoln. Around midday on December 18, 2013, he was violently thrown from his quad bike and became trapped beneath it. “Before I knew it, the quad had spun around and over I went,” he said. With the bike on his chest, Bing couldn’t access his cell phone to sound the alarm. “My arms and hands were pinned so there was nothing I could do. I was supposed to meet Rab Love, one of the farm generals, at 2pm. He found me at 4pm after spotting one of my dogs on the ridge,” he 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, but a good distance away from the neighbouring paddock. “We were only 20 metres from where other farmers were working with stock and we didn’t want to create chaos,” he said. Bing said the helicopter landed right beside him. “From there things seemed to happen very quickly. It was just a two and a half minute flight to the hospital,” he said. Neil 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,” he says. 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.

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