A hunter has been rescued after spending the night stuck on a
ledge in Fiordland.
The hunter became bluffed - unable to move up or down - early
The man is one of a party of three from Taranaki, all in
their 20s, who were hunting in a wapiti deer block close to
Whitewater River, near George Sound.
The signal from his personal locator beacon was detected by
the Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand at 6.55pm
yesterday, but the Southern Lakes Rescue Helicopter was
unable to winch the man free last night because an 80m
overhang was above him.
The helicopter returned with the alpine cliff rescue team
from Queenstown this morning and the man was rescued at
RCCNZ search and rescue co-ordinator John Ashby said the man
was cold and wet but unharmed. He has been flown to the
hunters' camp and will continue the hunting trip.
"The safest option was for the man to stay on the ledge
overnight as he was unhurt, and had some emergency equipment
with him, including a survival blanket," he said.
"He was also in radio contact with his companions, so he had
at least some company.
"Nevertheless, I'm sure he was very pleased to get off the
ledge. This rescue once again shows the benefit of carrying a
personal locator beacon. It could have been a very long wait