Search and rescue for missing tramper near the Mangatepopo Hut | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Search and rescue for missing tramper near the Mangatepopo Hut

At around 17.30pm the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew was tasked by Rescue Coordination Centre to a beacon search near the Mangatepopo Hut on the Tongariro Crossing.

The crew landed at the hut where the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was able to receive updates on missing man’s whereabouts.

After a short airborne search, the crew spotted a torchlight from missing tramper in the heavy bush. The crew inserted the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic close to the target and he was able to bush bash his way to the missing man.

A hover onload of the ICP and tramper was completed using the night vision goggles. The tramper was flown to the hut and reunited with the rest of his party.

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