Bridport trail bike crash leaves teenager hospitalised

Tasmania Police on Sandy Points Road at Bridport, on Sunday afternoon. Picture: Scott GelstonA 16-year-old boy has been airlifted to the Royal Alfred Hospital after a trail bike crash in the Tasmania’s North-East on Christmas Eve.

First flown to the Launceston General Hospital, he was later transferred to Melbourne for further treatment.

Emergency services became aware of the crash about 11.40am on Sunday.

Initially, Ambulance Tasmania was calledto attend the crash site in the sand dunes at Double Sandy Point Conservation Area, near Bridport.

However, due to the area’s remote location, Tasmania Police was called in to undertake search and rescue efforts.

The police helicopter was deployed from Hobart to help with the search.

Tasmania Police Acting Inspector Luke Moore gave emerging details of the incident at a press conference on Sunday afternoon.

“About 11.40am, we received reports of trail bike crashatDouble Sandy Pointand that the man riding the trail bike has suffered facial injuriesas well assuspected spinal injuries,” Inspector Moore said.

By 3pm, the rider had been taken to the LGH, airlifted from the crash site by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

He was treated at the scene by friends and family, and received some on-ground treatment from paramedics.

His condition is considered non-life threatening, but he received cuts to his face, and was treated for suspected spinal injuries.

On Sunday night, he was flown to the Alfred Hospital inMelbourne.

He is being treated for suspected pelvic injuries.

Tasmania Police used the incident as a reminder to people, ahead of the summer break.

“If you are dusting off recreational vehicles and vessels at this time of year, also give some thought to your limitations and capabilities in using them,” a statement from police read.

“This includes appropriate licencing and registration.

“Please don’t make this holiday season one to remember for the wrong reasons.”

Police were not able to reveal where the teenager was from.

The Examiner