Beacon activated in the Ruahine Ranges | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Beacon activated in the Ruahine Ranges

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Ruahine Ranges at 6pm on Friday 7 December.

The Rescue Coordination Centre had been alerted to a distress beacon that had been activated.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter searched the general area, eventually locating a man at the bottom of  a steep ravine in the creek bed.

The helicopter was able to hoist down a member of the Palmerston North Police SAR Squad who found the man uninjured but tired and dissorientated. The pair when then hoisted out together and taken to the Helicopter Base at Palmerston North.


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