Hunters rescued from dense bush

The rescue helicopter at the scene on Sunday.

Two hunters spent the night in a Bay of Plenty bush after getting lost on Sunday.

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a remote area of the Te Urewera National Park near Galatea, after reports came in that two men were lost and one was injured in the bush.  

Pilot Ben Fry says the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter flew to the location with a Paramedic and two Police SAR team members to locate and extract the pair.

“Due to poor weather with low cloud and rain, the helicopter could not locate at the high point where the pair were waiting.  

“With fading light the two SAR members were winched in using The Southern Trust rescue hoist and they spent a wet and cold night with the men.”

At first light on Monday morning the helicopter was able to get to the location where the group were, and hoist them all to safety.  

“The two local men aged in their early 20's were in good spirits upon returning to their vehicle.”



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On the ’Bird Walk’, Katikati looking over the Uretara stream to the Kaimai ranges. Photo: Glenice McDonald.

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