A rescue helicopter was this morning attempting to reach a
tramper who became lost and disoriented in poor weather in
Marlborough yesterday afternoon.
The tramper was located after 8pm last night but bad weather
prevented a helicopter from reaching them last night.
About 4.40pm yesterday an unregistered personal locator
beacon was activated in the Mt Richmond Forest Park area, the
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter said.
The helicopter then used its onboard beacon tracker to narrow
down the location of the beacon to somewhere near the summit
of Mt Rintoul, but bad weather prevented the helicopter from
A police land search and rescue ground team was dropped into
the area and found the tramper.
They camped on the mountain overnight and the rescue
helicopter had attempted to reach them again this morning.
Poor weather had so far prevented it from getting close but
further attempts would be made during the day.