Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Farmer saved by personal locator beacon

Farmer saved by personal locator beacon

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - 3:07pm

Central

Palmerston North Police Search and Rescue were alerted by the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) yesterday evening (14 January, 2014) of beacon activation in the Pohangina Valley.

A 75-year-old farmer had been out the back of his farm rounding up stray sheep in steep gorgy terrain when he suffered a medical issue. 

He activated his beacon which was then reported to the RCCNZ who sent the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter into the area to try to locate him.

They then alerted SAR to provide teams as a back-up if the helicopter was not successful.

While the helicopter was able to locate the general area of the activation they could not pin-point exactly where the signal was coming from due to the steep terrain and dense bush.

A SAR volunteer went onto the area with a hand-held direction finder and located him 100m down in a creek at the bottom of the gorge.

He was treated and winched into the helicopter for transport to hospital.  

Had he not been found when he was, his situation could have become very dire.

This is yet another example of how useful personal locator beacons can be when working in the outdoors.  If he had not had the beacon and activated it in his life threatening situation it might have been hours before he was reported missing and the task of searching for him in the dark and difficult terrain would have been extremely problematic.

Police want to stress how valuable a personal locator beacon can be for all types of outdoor activities, be it at work on a farm, recreational activities in the bush or hills, and at sea.

Andy Brooke – O/C Palmerston North Police SAR

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop Editor "Ask me anything" : Scoop's 'Invisible Paywall'

Operation Chrysalis: The Final Countdown - Thanks & There's Still Time To Pledge

Phew! We are now counting down the hours to the end of this crowd-funding campaign at 11pm on Sunday. Thankyou to all those Scoop readers and supporters who have pledged already. You have been awesome. But this is not over yet. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news