Nor West News : February 23rd 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, February 23, 2012 Air jump goes wrong By MICHAEL FOX Parachuting practice, right: Regular training sessions by the RNZAF have been seen around Muriwai. Jump time, above: A low-flying RNZAF C130 Hercules over Muriwai beach earlier in the month dropping parachutists. AN AIR force serviceman was injured when a parachute jump went wrong in Muriwai on Tuesday night. A 20-year-old man was taken by helicopter to North Shore Hospital from the accident site off Muriwai Rd at around 10.05pm. A Defence Force spokeswoman says the man was carrying out rou- tine training when he landed awk- wardly in the drop zone and rolled his ankle. He was expected to be discharged from hospital yesterday. Westpac advanced paramedic Chris Deacon says the airman landed in the drop zone on Hough- ton's Farm but was unlucky to land in a six-inch deep hole. If he'd landed two feet away he would've been fine.'' The man thought he felt some- thing snap which is typical of a frac- ture or a snapped ligament or ten- don, and his leg was swollen, he says. It looked pretty painful,'' Mr Deacon says. Resident Jennifer Pountney says the Defence Force was doing para- chute drops in the area all day Tuesday. She did not see nor hear the acci- dent but heard people yelling to each other between 9.45pm and 10.30pm. It was just people calling to each other basically, but we can hear the parachuters calling to each other before they land.'' Another resident says the Defence Force regularly used the drop zone at a nearby farm. -- Fairfax NZ Kaipara's hero shows off trophy By KERRY GALLAGHER Memorable try: Tony Woodcock scores the All Blacks' only try in the Rugby World Cup final against France. Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH Tony Woodcock doesn't need con- firmation of his hero status but he got it anyway when he returned to his rugby roots. When he is in Helensville he switches from global superstar to local hero even though he is a world champion and scorer of the All Blacks' only try in the Rugby World Cup final. Kaipara College's only All Black returned last week with the Webb Ellis Trophy. He answered student questions and posed for photographs, with many dressed in black. Students from surrounding schools were also invited. Kaipara College has changed quite a bit since he was a student, he says. But some teachers are the same. He's used to media attention but being quizzed by students proved quite different -- but he was more than happy to chat and answer questions candidly. He named Zinzan Brooke, Buck Shelford, Sean Fitzpatrick and Craig Dowd as his favourite All Blacks. Rugby wasn't the only topic. Will you marry me?'' one student asked. What kind of car do you have?'' said another. An exchange student contri- buted: I'm from Japan. Do you like Japan?'' Woodcock reunited with teachers -- some had taught him or were old schoolmates. PE teacher Israil Foreman played rugby with the famous prop. I distinctly remember him putting a couple of people in an ambulance.'' PE department head Innes Kerr- Taylor taught Woodcock and says he saw his potential, especially when he made a New Zealand under-16 side. For the record, Woodcock is mar- ried, Japan is a nice place'' and he drives a Ford Ranger courtesy of being an All Black. He hails from a Makarau farming family.
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