Injured tramper taken to safety in Nelson

15 February 2007 - 9:10pm

A 54-year-old male tramper has been taken to Nelson Hospital after breaking his leg on the Wangapeka Track, near Nelson, this afternoon.

Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) picked up a distress beacon about 16 kilometres NW of Mount Owen just after 5pm and a rescue helicopter from Nelson was able to reach the man and winch him to safety at about 7.30pm. RCCNZ Mission Controller John Ashby says the rescue was a great example of new technology at work.

“Because the party was carrying the new style 406 distress beacon we were able to contact its owner, discover their intentions and get help to the victim quicker than we could have done had it been an older 121.5 beacon.

“In any distress situation time can be the enemy and the use of a 406 certainly helped us get a good result in this incident.”

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