Two hunters suffered hypothermia after spending the night
with their dogs lost in the bush in St Arnaud in the Tasman
The 20-year-old men, from Brightwater, south-west of Nelson,
became separated from their friends yesterday during a
day-long hunting trip, a Nelson Marlborough Rescue helicopter
They were able to phone the rest of the party in the evening
to let them know they were lost.
Poor weather last night halted a search by the rescue
helicopter in an area between the Motueka River and Gordon
Range and Beeby's Knob.
However, a renewed search effort about 6.30am today was
successful, with both men and their dogs found alive, the
The men and their dogs were taken by helicopter to the police
search team base.
Both men were suffering from hypothermia but were otherwise
unharmed from their ordeal, and after a medical assessment
were left in the care of Police SAR, the spokesperson said.