Search for beacon underway

11 October 2007, 6.00pm

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RRCNZ) is coordinating the search for the source of an emergency beacon activated in the Hollyford Valley area near Milford Sound about 1pm today.

A Southern Lakes helicopter fitted with direction finding equipment has landed in the area and its crew are now attempting to locate the source of the beacon, which is giving off a strong signal but is being affected by steep terrain. A direction-finding specialist from Dunedin is being flown to the area to assist with the search, along with night vision gear.

It is not yet known who or what may have activated the beacon.

An update will be provided as and when any new information comes to light.

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