Helicopter rescues man
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.