LandSAR searchers

Waihi Leader - - News -

Waihi LandSAR is one of over 50 spe­cial­ist search and res­cue groups around the coun­try.

The team helps po­lice lo­cate peo­ple lost, in­jured or miss­ing in Waihi and sur­round­ing ar­eas but also as­sists when needed in other re­gions.

Their op­er­a­tions take place typ­i­cally in wilder­ness en­vi­ron­ments but the group also as­sists with sub­ur­ban searches.

The lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion has 15 ac­tive mem­bers, fully trained in clue pro­cess­ing, search tech­niques, wilder­ness sur­vival and search man­age­ment. The crew is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In the past 12 months, they have been in­volved in searches for lost day walk­ers, trail run­ners, trampers, bik­ers, farm work­ers and de­men­tia suf­fer­ers.

“Just last week we helped ex­tract hik­ers from a hut in the Kaimais stranded by high rivers and slips, We are all vol­un­teers, fit­ting this in around our other jobs. Next time you see us out train­ing, of­ten in the Karanga­hake Re­serve, say hello,” spokesman Wy­mond Symes says.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to be­come a sup­porter, con­tact Wy­mond on 0275 608 776.

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