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Logging accident victim comfortable
The 59-year-old Taumarunui man who had his hands injured in a logging accident today is in a Waikato Hospital ward and awaiting surgery in a stable and comfortable condition.
Prince Ripo was transferred to Waikato Hospital by the Westpac Waikato Air Ambulance after his hands became trapped in a logging machine at a mill near the National Park this morning.
Mr Ripo attempted to remove a branch from a conveyor belt when his gloved hand became caught in the machine. When he tried to remove himself both his hands were drawn in and damaged by the drum that drives the belt.
Earlier reporting of partial amputation is incorrect. Mr Ripo has movement in both hands but the full extent of tendon and muscle damage cannot be determined until he is in theatre.
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