Gregg Shaw, 67, (pictured) survived two days in a wrecked car
A Christmas Day car crash turned into an extraordinary story of survival for a seriously injured man trapped inside his wrecked vehicle for more two days.
Gregg Shaw, 67, set off from Pāpāmoa, east of Hamilton, New Zealand, on Christmas morning, for a three-and-a-half hour drive to Gisborne.
But when he didn’t arrive at the destination, his desperate family called police and started scouring highways across the North Island searching for him.
Police issued an alert for public help saying they feared for Mr Shaw’s safety.
On Sunday morning, the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter became involved in the search and located his smashed car about an hour north of Gisborne down a steep five-metre bank off State Highway 2.
Pictured: His smashed car about an hour north of Gisborne down a steep five-metre bank off State Highway 2
Once Mr Shaw was secured emergency services had to close down State Highway 2 between Cemetery Road and Rakauroa Road to allow the helicopter to land in the middle of the road
Suffering from a number of badly broken bones, Mr Shaw was trapped in the car for about two and a half days.
Firefighters were forced to cut the roof off the car after a treacherous descent down the narrow bank.
Once he was secured, emergency services had to close down State Highway 2 between Cemetery Road and Rakauroa Road to allow the helicopter to land in the middle of the road.
‘Then they were able to get the guy out of the car, into the basket and then the big strong firemen on the end of the ropes pulled him up to the road,’ Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter general manager Ian Wilmot told the NZ Herald.
A strong southerly wind made the rescue operation even more difficult, but after a 28-minute flight, Mr Shaw was treated for his injuries at hospital.
Police said he was conscious when emergency services found him and he appeared to be ‘doing okay’ given the terrifying ordeal.
‘Police would like to thank all those who assisted with our enquiries and got in touch with information during the search for the man,’ they said.
A police spokesperson said Mr Shaw was conscious when emergency services found him and appears to be ‘doing okay’ given the terrifying ordeal