Glide Omarama reported that a glider piloted by a Canadian visitor had crashed into the head of Timaru Creek, in hill country west of Lindis Pass. The glider was seen to go down by other pilots in a competition, but could not be raised by radio.
A personal locator beacon and a fixed ELT were then detected. A helicopter with winch and paramedic was sent to the scene, and other authorities advised. The pilot was found alive, with a suspected broken ankle but otherwise okay.