The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Ruahine Ranges at around 5pm on Thursday evening.
A hunter was on a day hunt in the Ruahine Ranges. During his hunt, he found himself a whole ridge south from the known track and stuck in an area he was unable to get out of.
The hunter had no overnight or warm gear and was not prepared to spend the night in the bush. A GPS coordinate was found from the signal from his cell phone and the NZ Police and Search and Rescue team worked together to locate the male in his 30’s. The team located the man who was flashing his torchlight and was spotted about 7 kilometres out from the target under the Night Vision Goggles.
He was uplifted by the chopper via hover on load and was returned to base. Hugo, the Intensive Care Paramedic assessed the man upon arrival and no further treatment was required.