The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked by the Rescue Coordination Centre to a beacon that had been activated near Smith Creek Hut on the Tauherenikau River, approx 8km northwest of Featherston.
A tramper who had stopped to render assistance to the injured man was able to signal to the helicopter from the nearby swing bridge and the helicopter was able to land near the location. After a short walk along the track by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic, it was established that a man in his 50’s had tripped and badly fractured his lower right leg. Due to the strong and turbulent wind, it wasn’t possible to winch the injured man out of his location so a decision was made to fly out and bring members of the Masterton LandSar team in to help carry the patient to the helicopter.
The patient along with his son was flown out to Masterton Hosptial for further treatment. The weather at the time was extremely challenging with rain and unpredictable gusts of wind up to 35knots.