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puts two injured
men in hospital
By ANNA PRICE
A YOUNG hunter was accidentally shot by a
friend at Waimakariri Gorge on Saturday night in
a freak series of events which left the shooter with
a dislocated right hip and broken left leg and his
friend with an injured arm.
Both are recovering in Christchurch Hospital.
The incident happened just before 9pm beside
the Waimakariri River bed at the gorge bridge,
where a carload of four went out for a night of
A Keystone cops-style scenario unfolded.
Senior Constable Dave Pitkethley said as a rear
passenger was getting out of the almost-
stationary car to take a shot, the vehicle rolled
forward. The hunter had loaded his rifle as he was
getting out, but his right foot became stuck under
With the vehicle slowly rolling forward, his left
leg was run over. While being pulled and twisted
out of the vehicle, the pain set in and the shot
His mate -- holding out a spotlight through the
front door -- took the .22 calibre bullet in his arm.
The bullet travelled down the arm and passed
through his hand.
Mr Pitkethley said there was no liquor involved,
all four had firearms licences and there was no
It was just an accident, in the end.''
He commended their smart response.
The driver and another passenger carried out
first aid on both casualties, managed to pick up
their mate in severe pain with a dislocated right
hip and suspected breaks to the left leg -- then
drove to the Old West Coast Rd for cellphone
They did everything right,'' Mr Pitkethley said.
They had a first aid kit and did a good job. It's
just a reminder that even when you do everything
right, things can happen.
Even though it was an accident we will still
This was just unfortunate -- where a whole lot
of little things grew into a big thing.
But it could easily have gone awry, and he
could have taken a bullet through the head.''
He said the young men were very safety con-
scious with firearms, and were not shooting out of
a moving vehicle.
OHOKA RESIDENT and St
Andrew's College student Ben
Murray, 17, (pictured) has
been selected as oboist for the
New Zealand Symphony Orches-
tra National Youth Orchestra.
Ben will be playing at the
CBS Arena this Saturday night
when the orchestra combines
with the NZ Youth Choir to per-
form Michael Tippett's A Child
of Our Time.
Ben's father, Andrew, said his
selection was the pinnacle of
orchestral achievement in New
Zealand for any young musician.
Most players are at university
studying music and only a select
few are still at secondary school,
let alone year 12 or below.''
Ben is also the New Zealand
under-21 highland bagpipe solo
champion, pipe sergeant of the
Royal NZ Pipe Band Associ-
ation's Foundation National
Youth Band, and pipe major of
St Andrew's College pipe band.
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