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Hunter survives 80-100 foot fall

Hunter survives 80-100 foot fall

Taupo's Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was alerted by the RCCNZ to a personal locating beacon that had been set off in the ranges east of taupo.

Two men had been flown into the hills this morning by helicopter to go hunting. While hiking the ground beneath one of the mens feet gave way and he tumbled down near a vertical bank around 100 feet. His fall was arrested slightly by trees before he came to a rest on a shelf.

His companion was able to make his way via a slightly different route to his injured friend.

Due to the steep terrain and high trees a paramedic and LandSAR volunteer needed to be slung in on a longline to the injured man who was then flown in a stretcher to a nearby clearing before being loaded in the helicopter and flown to Hastings Hospital.

The man has suspected spinal and chest injuries.


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