The Wellington Based Westpac Rescue
Helicopter Rescued a 17yr old female
from Wainuiomata, in the hills above Wainuiomata last evening at 7:15pm
The missing tramper contacted the
Police on her cell phone and advised them
of her location by what she could see. Police were then able to get a rough
idea of her location for the Helicopter crew to search. The tramper was
unable to get back down to Wainuiomata from her location on the ridge and
was cold and tired and had run out of water.
The Westpac Rescue
Helicopter responded with a Wellington Free
Winched trained Paramedic onboard.
Helicopter Crew using Night Vision Goggles(NVGs) were able
the light from her cell phone and were then able to land nearby. If she
didn't have the cell phone she would have been much harder to located and
would have taken longer to search the ridge line.
The Helicopter was
able to land on the track on the ridge approx 100m
the tramper who was able to walk back to the Helicopter with the Paramedic.
Once she was on board the
Helicopter she was then flown to the Wainuiomata
Fire Station where she was checked out by ambulance and Police staff