The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a remote area of the Te Urewera National Park near Galatea, on Sunday 20 August, after reports came in that two male hunters were lost and one was injured in the bush.
The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter flew to the location with a paramedic and two Police SAR team members to locate and extract the pair. Due to poor weather and fading light, the rescue helicopter was unable to get to where the two men where located. Two SAR members were winched in, via The Southern Trust Rescue Hoist, and stayed over night in the bush with the men.
At first light on Monday morning the rescue helicopter was able to get to the location, and hoist them all to safety. The two local men aged in their early 20’s were in good spirits upon returning to their vehicle.