Chopper needed after serious incident at St Bathans lake

by Kim Bowden - Jul 10, 2023

A person has been flown by helicopter to hospital from the remote Central Otago town of St Bathans after an incident on the lake this morning.

A spokesperson for Hato Hone St John says it was notified of a "water incident" on the Blue Lake just after 10 this morning. 


One patient was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital in a serious condition. 

A helicopter, an ambulance and a first response unit were at the scene.

The lake this weekend played host to the New Zealand ice swimming championships.

Participants plunged into the ice-cold waters, in freezing air temperatures, wearing only standard swimming costumes, taking part in swimming events ranging in distance from 250 metres to two kilometres.

Main image (Facebook/New Zealand is Awesome/Denise Yates): Swimmers took to freezing cold waters this weekend to compete in the national ice swimming championships at St Bathan's Blue Lake.




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