Story: Search and rescue

Volunteers at work

Volunteers at work

A Wellington volunteer search and rescue team carries a tramper suffering from hypothermia to a helicopter landing site in the Tararua Range. Louise Wilkinson became stranded on a ridge in bad weather while tramping alone in January 2005, and texted for help on her cellphone. Her rescuers, carrying heavy packs, battled driving rain and gale-force winds to reach her. Weather conditions meant that she could not be airlifted from the mountains for several days.

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Wellington Land Search and Rescue
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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Search and rescue - Volunteers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007