Opossum trapper unaware emergency beacon activated | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Opossum trapper unaware emergency beacon activated

An opossum trapper in the Raukumara Ranges, 135km south east of Rotorua, was unaware his emergency beacon had been activated.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) received a signal emitted from the beacon and tasked the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter to respond yesterday morning at 10.00am.

The tracking mission was made extremely difficult due to the beacon emitting a weak signal and the man continuing to move through rough terrain on a quad bike, unaware his emergency beacon was transmitting a distress signal.

He was eventually located an hour later, safe and well.


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