Missing tramper sought near Wanaka

Two search and rescue operations have been initiated today by Wanaka police - one to retrieve an injured woman from the Motatapu River and another to locate a male tramper reported overdue in the Mt Aspiring National Park in the upper Wilkin Valley near Mt Twilight.

Snr Const Mike Johnston said the woman in her 20s dislocated her knee while jumping from rocks into the river.

She was retrieved from the gorge by Wanaka LandSAR volunteers and carried on a stretcher up a steep bank to the carpark near the one-lane bridge on Motatapu Rd, where she was being treated by St John Ambulance at 4.45pm.

Snr Const Mike Johnston did not have many details about the missing tramper yesterday afternoon and was waiting for more information from the search party, which flew by helicopter into the Wilkin Valley shortly after noon and was still there at 4.45pm yesterday.

Snr Const Johnston said the search team hoped to talk to other members of the missing man's tramping party this afternoon.

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