Fears For Missing Trampers
Fears For Missing Trampers
At about 7.40pm on Wednesday
the 6th February 2013 Te Anau Police were alerted to an
overdue walker on the Lake Marion area, off the Hollyford
Road, in Fiordland National Park.
The track is regularly
used by day walkers en route to Milford Sound and the
surrounding area. This has about 50 persons on it per day
this time of year.
The missing person was a 66year old
English tourist travelling with his wife. They had started
their walk at 11.20am from the Marion Creek car park
arriving at the Alpine Lake at 1.45pm.
On their return
trip at about 3pm the male began his descent to the car park
about 15min before his wife and at some point left the
His wife was unable to locate him and searched the
track twice before raising the alarm at Gunns Camp at about
The gentleman had an existing heart condition and
a Search and Rescue response was initiated
The Gunns Camp manager and two local hunters
began searching the track at about 8pm and a SAR Team from
Te Anau was assembled.
A Southern Lakes Helicopter
equipped with night vision equipment and the thermal imaging
unit was on site shortly after 10pm and a light was spotted
in the Marion Creek bed area, off the track.
volunteers negotiated their way to the subject who was in in
good health but had become lost.
He was flown down to
Gunns Camp and reunited with his wife at about
Police would like to emphasise the importance of
carrying a light source when in the outdoors no matter how
insignificant the tramp would seem to be. The missing
subject had a camera and an I Pad and the light sources from
these items were enough to be detected quickly in the
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