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Rescuers cut free man trapped by large branch fall at Christchurch Botanical Gardens

A man is in Christchurch Hospital after being trapped under a fallen branch from a large tree at the city's botanical gardens.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens at about 2.30pm.

An eyewitness says it took the fire service about 30 minutes to cut the man free.

The branch had split off a very large tree next to the Christchurch Museum, which is a busy tourist area.

A number of people reportedly had the branch fall on them, but none of the others were trapped.

Source: 1 NEWS