Search for miss­ing men

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - DANIEL HUTCHIN­SON

On Sun­day morn­ing one of the men called 111 for help.

The fo­cus then changed to a search and res­cue op­er­a­tion to help the men.

The caller only had two per­cent phone bat­tery left when he rang, so po­lice only had min­i­mal de­tails on their lo­ca­tion.

Nat Ev­ery, pilot and base man­ager for Green­lea Res­cue He­li­copter, said it would be very un­pleas­ant in there.

‘‘[It’s] cold, wet and they were not pre­pared to be out­doors in that en­vi­ron­ment,’’ he said.

‘‘There is a very ded­i­cated crew work­ing ex­tremely hard to lo­cate and as­sist them, and we are on standby to as­sist if the weather al­lows.’’

Po­lice from the Bay of Plenty district and a he­li­copter searched the area un­til 11pm on Sun­day night but could not lo­cate the men.

They were se­ri­ously con­cerned for their wel­fare con­sid­er­ing their lack of ex­pe­ri­ence in the bush and in­ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing they have on them.

Con­di­tions had been very cold and wet, Tay­lor said. It is likely both of them will be suf­fer­ing from hy­pother­mia, he said.

Peo­ple are asked to con­tact po­lice if they have seen two men in the area.

‘‘[It's] cold, wet and they were not pre­pared to be out­doors in that en­vi­ron­ment.’’ Nat Ev­ery

A search is un­der­way for two men miss­ing in Ton­gariro Na­tional Park.

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