Rescue staff are renewing calls for trampers to carry
emergency beacons after the partner of a wounded Dunedin
woman descended Mitre Peak and kayaked back to Milford
village to raise the alarm.
At about 2.30pm yesterday a 30-year-old Dunedin woman
suffered a leg injury while climbing on the footstool area of
Mitre Peak in Milford Sound.
Her partner made his way down to the base of the peak and
paddled his kayak to Milford village to raise the alarm.
Te Anau Police were contacted at 7.15pm and coordinated a
The Southern Lakes helicopter was flown to the site with a
doctor and paramedic on board. The climber was located,
winched from the site and flown to hospital in Invercargill
suffering a suspected broken ankle.
Te Anau police Search and Rescue Sergeant Tod Hollebon said
although the outcome was favourable, carrying another form of
communication such as an emergency locator beacon would have
ensured a much faster response.