A 40-year-old Englishman who was overdue from a day tramp
on the Lake Sylvan-Rockburn-Sugarloaf-Routeburn circuit was
found alive and well yesterday morning after a night in the
There had been snow flurries on alpine sections of the route.
with rain, wind and cloud.
Constable Julian Cahill, of Queenstown, said the poor
conditions made it difficult for Search and Rescue volunteers
to see, despite the use of night vision googles and infra-red
The man, who is travelling with his wife and child, had been
dropped off at the Lake Sylvan car park at 6.45am on Sunday.
Police were alerted at 8.30pm on Sunday when the man did not
arrive at the Routeburn Rd end.
After a helicopter crew could not find him, two groups of
search and rescue volunteers set off walking the track from
opposite ends and yesterday morning they met at the junction
of the Rockburn Track and the Sugarloaf Pass Track.
They continued up the Rockburn Track and at 9.30am found the
man about 20 minutes' walk further along the track. Senior
Sergeant John Fookes said about 14 people had searched
through the night.