Injured tramper taken to safety

7 April 2007, 8:30am

A tramper with a broken collar bone is on his way to Nelson Hospital after being rescued in the Kahurangi National Park this morning.

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) detected an active distress beacon throughout yesterday but a Greymouth helicopter sent to the area in the afternoon was unable to locate the source.

A rescue plane equipped with direction-finding gear took off from Taupo at about 5.15am this morning and was able to get a positional fix at about 6.30am, 10 kms west of Mount Patriach on the Wangapeka track.

A Nelson rescue helicopter took off at about 7.30am this morning and recovered the injured man.

He is expected to reach hospital at about 8.45am.

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