A 25-year-old French tourist spent a cold and wet night
''hunkered down'' in the bush near the Routeburn Track on
Senior Constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said that
the tourist failed to meet at a prearranged point after
walking the Lake Sylvan Track and a search and rescue
operation was later initiated. Police, search and rescue
volunteers and Department of Conservation staff were involved
in the overnight search.
Southern deployment co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Craig Brown,
of Dunedin, said at 8.30am yesterday other tourists alerted
police to the Frenchman's whereabouts.
Other than being ''cold and wet'', the man was fine.
The Frenchman, who did not have overnight gear, had been
dropped off by a commercial operator at 6pm on Tuesday and
was to be picked up at 8pm.
It appeared the man had walked in the wrong direction and
become lost so he ''hunkered down for the night'', Snr Sgt
The man was taken to Queenstown by Doc staff.