He­li­copter res­cues man

Newslink - - BLUE SEPT - RACHAEL KELLY

A 48-year-old In­ver­cargill man was res­cued from East Peak in the Hokonui Hills near Gore after he be­came un­well on Tuesday morn­ing.

East­ern South­land Search and Res­cue po­lice lia­son of­fi­cer Adam Roberts said the man was part of a group of six peo­ple who were on a day walk.

They ac­ti­vated a lo­ca­tor bea­con after the man be­came un­well at the top of East Peak in the Croy­don Bush area, which is popular with tram­pers.

East­ern South­land SAR vol­un­teers had set off on foot to lo­cate the man.

He was recovered from the top of the peak by the Otago Res­cue He­li­copter - which was called out when the bea­con was ac­ti­vated - and taken to Gore Hos­pi­tal for a check up.

The man’s con­di­tion was not be­lieved to be se­ri­ous.

Weather con­di­tions were fine at the time.

Adams said the res­cue was needed de­spite the group plan­ning ahead for their walk.

Even if peo­ple were out on days walks it was ad­vis­able to carry a lo­ca­tor bea­con in case some­one got ill or in­jured.

‘‘The group were well pre­pared, they had good safety plans, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and had a bea­con with them.

‘‘They had plenty of food and wa­ter with them so in that re­spect they were well pre­pared,’’ Roberts said.

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