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"Missing Pig hunters O.K."

"Missing Pig hunters O.K."

At noon today Police were alerted to two pig hunters with three dogs overdue from a day hunt on Monday. Friends had found their car at the Department of Conservation camping ground, Otaki forks.

After basic Police enquiries LandSAR and Amateur radio Emergency Corps volunteers were called out to assist. A Search Management team was established at Levin Police station.

The men were a 30 year old from Waitarere Beach, and a 25 year old from Paraparaumu Beach. They had the clothes they were wearing, lunch, and water bottles.

They had headed up the Eastern Bank of the Waiotauru river but become geographically confused near Waiotauru Forks after chasing and killing a pig.

They spent Monday night in a Punga Biv they made and had a fire to keep warm. Unfortunately they accidentally burnt their lighter so, on Tuesday night they did not have a fire.

This morning their dogs crossed the river and found a track on the Western bank. The men followed this and eventually it took them back to their car at about 6.20pm tired, hungry and damp but otherwise O.K.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter with three Horowhenua LandSAR volunteers aboard was searching the area and spotted the men as they arrived at their car. A Police SAR team was en route to search the area around the car and two other LandSAR teams were on standby to assist.


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