Mum all praise for ‘amazing’ rescuers
A mother who lay injured overnight battling hypothermia kept hopes of rescue alive knowing help would be on the way.
Melinda Craik suffered a leg injury on a track in the Marlborough Sounds in December and was forced to spend a cold night out in the bush.
She was winched to safety by the crew of the Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter and is now urging people to donate to the Life Flight Street Collection so others can be helped too.
The mother of three had been walking near Tuna Bay with her partner, Shane, when the pair became lost and disoriented after a sudden fog descended. found a makeshift shelter and tried to keep moving intermittently to try and stave off the cold.
She says she was at the point of giving up when she heard the sound of the rescue helicopter overhead and started to wave a red bag to attract attention.
‘‘My body shut down with relief when I saw the rescue team. I just closed my eyes and sighed.
‘‘I was more thankful than words can say that it was over. I was scared to death. They kept me so calm. The way they handled everything was great.’’
‘‘Life Flight, you’re amazing. I don’t know what we’d do without you. I can’t thank you enough for everything that you did. An amazing group of people doing an amazing job. I never thought I’d ever be in that situation in my life, but I was and your amazing team gave me hope.’’
The street appeal will be held on May 5. Donations can also be made at lifeflight.org.nz
Melinda Craik was rescued by Life Flight crew after she fell while on a trek in the Marlborough Sounds.