Idiot of the week. Darwin need a nap?

Caleb Harris and Paul Easton report

 A shearer was in such pain after wrecking his car on Castlepoint beach that he had to be held down while beachgoers tried to treat him.

The 22-year-old Pahiatua man was thrown from the car when it hit soft sand and rolled while he was sliding at speed or “doing snakies”, Sergeant Chris Megaw, of Wairarapa, said.

A Castlepoint resident said she saw people holding the man on the ground after the accident at the beach, east of Masterton, about 6pm on Thursday.

“The car was on its side, there was glass everywhere . . . he was lying on the ground in pain, they were trying to keep him still.”

An off-duty emergency doctor and a holidaying Spanish paramedic rushed to help the man, who was thrown 10 metres from the car.

The Westpac rescue helicopter arrived about 40 minutes later and flew the man to Wellington Hospital, where he was in a stable condition in intensive care yesterday.

There were three people in the Honda sedan when it rolled at the lagoon end of the beach.

Driving on sand can be deceivingly treacherous.  Ask the people operating on Farewell spit and Ninety Mile Beach.  But I suspect the driver being the only one thrown from the car may be related to a huge act of stupidity…  

Two male passengers, also from Pahiatua and aged 39 and 21, were wearing seatbelts and were not hurt but the driver was not belted in, Mr Megaw said.

Anders Crofoot, Castlepoint fire chief and owner of Castlepoint Station, said all three men belonged to an Eketahuna-based shearing gang working at his property and staying in the Castlepoint Holiday Park, which he also owns.

“It’s basically somebody being stupid on the beach . . . and unfortunately did a fair bit of damage to himself. It looks like a couple of broken legs.”

In New Zealand, beaches are classed as public roads, and all the rules still apply.

Not at all the same as taking the old Toyota round the paddock.  And even then having a seat belt on would be reasonably smart…


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