Tramper airlifted from bay after breaking leg, ankle

A female tramper is recovering in Dunedin Hospital after suffering a broken leg and ankle near Haast this afternoon.

The Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) received an alert from a personal locator beacon at 12.30pm today at Smoothwater Bay, near Haast.

Spokesman Mark Dippmer said the woman was part of a two-person tramping party when the incident occurred.

The couple did not have a locator beacon with them, but her male companion was able to flag down a nearby fishing boat, which had a beacon on board.

The crew set off the beacon on behalf of the couple, Mr Dippmer said.

As the beacon was not registered, RCC sent the Otago Rescue Helicopter out of Queenstown to investigate the scene.

The pair were found and a paramedic stabilised the patient, before she was flown to Dunedin.

 - a prior version of this story incorrectly stated the injured tramper had a personal locator beacon.

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