Story: Search and rescue

Carrying out Bill Bridge

Carrying out Bill Bridge

L. D. (Bill) Bridge, of the Tararua Tramping Club, helped frame the first rules for mountain searches in 1933, and was the Federated Mountain Clubs’ nominee to the national search and rescue committee in 1949. In 1964 he volunteered to train police squads, a job at which he excelled. Ironically, he died suddenly during a search and rescue exercise in 1973, and his body had to be carried out of the bush by the men he had trained.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1973/4841/7A
Photograph by Merv Griffiths

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Search and rescue - History', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007