American airlifted off track near Lake Hawea after fall, becoming unwell

Sergeant Miriam Reddington, of Wanaka, Mr Flett (second from left) and pilot Jason Laing (right)...
Sergeant Miriam Reddington, of Wanaka, Mr Flett (second from left) and pilot Jason Laing (right) attend to the man. Photo: Mark Price
A 50-year-old American man was airlifted off the Timaru River Track near Lake Hawea yesterday afternoon, suffering from dehydration.

The man declined to speak to the Otago Daily Times.

A member of the Queenstown-based Otago Rescue Helicopter crew, Doug Flett, said the man had fallen on the track on Thursday, and yesterday became unwell and asked another tramper to summon help.

The helicopter was called at 2.20pm and recovered the man without difficulty from a clearing on the lower part of the track.

He was checked over by the medical officer on board, Peter Walker-Nell, and given an electrolyte solution, but he declined further medical attention.

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