The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Renata Hut in the Tararua Ranges at about 2.30pm.
A male in his 30’s was out tramping with two friends when he twisted his knee, injuring it the prior day. The group pushed onto the next hut where they were scheduled to stop and hoped that a nights rest would allow his knee to recover. Sadly it did not and he was unable to walk unassisted. The journey to the exit was another 5 hours away.
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter winched their intensive care paramedic down to assess the tramper and it was decided he could be winched up unassisted – The tramper was winched out from Renata Hut at approx 80ft.