Late last night the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked on a mission to the Tongariro Crossing to search for a German tramper who phoned 111 for help.
The team located him above Emerald Lakes where he was sitting on a slope. Two LandSAR crew members were dropped at the lake and assisted the man down to the landing zone.
The crew completed a hover load into the helicopter, and the man was airlifted to Waikato Hospital. This mission was conducted with night vision goggles.