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Badly injured tramper airlifted to safety
« on: June 03, 2008, 02:15:00 PM »

25/05/2008 - http://www.landsar.org.nz


A badly injured woman tramper was airlifted this morning after two freezing nights in the bush in the Tararua Ranges.

Police search Controller Sergeant Noel Bigwood said the 37-year-old woman fell on to rocks, injuring her face, legs and elbow, while walking along a track in the Mangahao Valley on Friday.

She was unable to proceed unaided and her husband made camp near the track and cared for her overnight.

On Saturday morning after making her comfortable, he tramped to their car and drove towards Shannon until he got cellphone reception to call emergency services.

Mr Bigwood said search and rescue teams, a paramedic, and four civilian volunteers were flown into the area and located the injured woman but darkness prevented a rescue attempt being made.

This morning the Square Trust rescue helicopter was flown into the area and evacuated the injured woman.

She was flown to Palmerston Hospital where her injuries were being assessed. Her condition was not known.