Mum all praise for ‘amaz­ing’ res­cuers

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - PAULA HULBURT

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

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Melinda Craik was res­cued by Life Flight crew af­ter she fell while on a trek in the Marlborough Sounds.

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