A 16-year-old Dunedin boy has been commended by police
after running for help when his 75-year-old friend collapsed in
the Hollyford Valley, in Fiordland, on a hunting trip on
Cameron Dickson Maclarty, of Dunedin, collapsed and died just
400m from Hollyford Rd, near Sunny Creek, about 4.30pm with
his hunting companion, whom police have not named.
Sergeant Tod Hollebon, of Te Anau, said the youth did
everything right in the difficult situation and it was
unfortunate Mr Maclarty could not be saved.
''He did very well and his family should be proud of him.
''He found himself in very difficult circumstances.''
The death is not suspicious and has been referred to the
The pair had separated from a bigger group, all from Dunedin,
and chose to go hunting while the rest stayed to fish in
The two hunters did not carry a locator beacon, but marked a
trail through the trees from the Hollyford Rd.
When Mr Maclarty collapsed, the youth made his way back along
the marked trail to Gunn's Camp and raised the alarm with one
of the camp's staff members and a roading contractor. A
helicopter was dispatched with a Te Anau doctor on board, as
well as police.
The three then made their way to the older man, who was
pronounced dead by the doctor.