The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Urewera’s at 9pm on Wednesday 20 July to assist NZ Police in the search for an adult and four children who were reported missing after not returning from a hike.
Using NVG (Night Vision Goggles) the helicopter crew searched for the missing party throughout the night.
At first light Thursday morning the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, were back in the area and deployed LandSAR teams into the bush and continued to perform an aerial search
The missing group was located in dense bush on Thursday afternoon. The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, which was also involved in the aerial search, extracted the group by longline. The party were treated at the scene, before being transported to hospital.