TEEN RES­CUED

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT -

A teenaged hiker has been res­cued from a moun­tain top in Marl­bor­ough. The girl was part of a group hik­ing near the peak of Mount Robert­son, be­tween Koromiko and Robin Hood Bay, south of Pic­ton. Life Flight he­li­copter crew­man Mike Beau­soleil said the girl, from Taranaki, suf­fered a med­i­cal event and was un­able to leave the moun­tain late on Sun­day evening. Even­tu­ally the group set off a lo­ca­tor bea­con to alert emer­gency ser­vices about 1am on Monday, Beau­soleil said. ‘‘They were re­ally well equipped, and that’s why they were able to con­tact us and get the res­cue started,’’ he said. But Life Flight was un­able to fly in im­me­di­ately be­cause of low cloud, so a Marl­bor­ough Land Search and Res­cue team went in on foot to find the group and sta­bilise the girl. ‘‘They took in sur­vival gear, so they pitched a tent and just waited for the weather to clear. They had to spend about six hours in dark­ness, try­ing to keep her warm and com­fort­able,’’ Beau­soleil said. The cloud did not break un­til about 5.30pm. A Life Flight crew took a West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter with a Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance paramedic on board and winched the girl to safety, shortly be­fore the cloud closed over again and night fell. The teen was flown to Wairau Hospi­tal, in Blenheim, where she was treated and re­leased on Monday night.

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