Hunters walk away from Fiordland helicopter crash

A satellite phone was instrumental in the quick rescue of two hunters whose helicopter crashed in Fiordland last night, police say.

The pilot and shooter were on a deer recovery operation when the helicopter went down in the Preservation area of Fiordland about 6pm.

A rescue was launched after the men contacted Bluff marine radio by satellite phone, Invercargill police Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle said.

A Southern Lakes helicopter with a police officer and St John Ambulance medic found the men relatively unscathed.

One man suffered bruising while the other was uninjured.

Neither required hospital treatment and both they were taken to Te Anau.

"The use of the satellite phone was instrumental in the quick recovery of the men," Ms Windle said.

The Civil Aviation Authority was investigating, she said.

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