Wanaka res­cuers make their mark in com­pe­ti­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

The Wanaka search and res­cue com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted up to 60 peo­ple in eight teams hail­ing from Wanaka, Dunedin, the Catlins and Ste­wart Is­land.

In­ci­dent man­age­ment team co­or­di­na­tor Jean Ken­ney said the teams were scored on their abil­i­ties in he­li­copter safety, track­ing, nav­i­ga­tion, river cross­ings, search meth­ods, foun­da­tion rope res­cue, pack check­ing, ra­dio pro­to­col and first aid.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which was the first time the event was held in Wanaka and was based from the As­pir­ing He­li­copter head­quar­ters, in­cluded tasks in the Mt As­pir­ing Na­tional Park. Sunny weather con­di­tions had pro­vided a great back­drop for the event and Wanaka made the most of their home ground, win­ning the event and tak­ing home the Tau­tuku Cup.

Dunedin was placed sec­ond, fol­lowed by Ste­wart Is­land in third.

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