Search And Rescue

Discussion in 'Other outdoors, sports, huts and tracks' started by Dundee, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Pengy

    Pengy Well-Known Member

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    A lucky man indeed. Our local SAR group recently bought a few acr plb units to hire out at a very reasonable cost to trampers etc. We are putting posters up in local backpackers and I-site to get people aware of them. Hopefully people will spend a few $$ and help make SAR`s job easier in the event.
     
  2. Dundee

    Dundee Well-Known Member

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    I think this next one should be titled Search and Destroy but that's just my opinion.


    Police search for man in Wainuiomata"
    At around 8.40am this morning a 32-year-old male has failed to stop for
    Police.

    After a short pursuit he has abandoned the stolen vehicle he was driving and
    fled on Coast Road in Wainuiomata.

    12 units responded, including a dog handler, and are now searching the remote
    area.

    "Police are aware that the male has access to firearms so are taking every
    precaution" says Senior Sergeant Steve Braybrook.

    "We are up in the bush at the moment searching for the male. Anyone who sees
    a tall, caucasian male, of thin build, wearing a light coloured shirt and
    dark trousers in the area should not approach him and immediately contact
    Police".
     
  3. Dundee

    Dundee Well-Known Member

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    "Farmer saved by personal locator beacon"


    Palmerston North Police Search and Rescue were alerted by the Rescue
    Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) yesterday evening (14 January, 2014) of beacon
    activation in the Pohangina Valley.

    A 75-year-old farmer had been out the back of his farm rounding up stray
    sheep in steep gorgy terrain when he suffered a medical issue.

    He activated his beacon which was then reported to the RCCNZ who sent the
    Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter into the area to try to locate him.

    They then alerted SAR to provide teams as a back-up if the helicopter was not
    successful.

    While the helicopter was able to locate the general area of the activation
    they could not pin-point exactly where the signal was coming from due to the
    steep terrain and dense bush.

    A SAR volunteer went onto the area with a hand-held direction finder and
    located him 100m down in a creek at the bottom of the gorge.

    He was treated and winched into the helicopter for transport to hospital.

    Had he not been found when he was, his situation could have become very dire.

    This is yet another example of how useful personal locator beacons can be
    when working in the outdoors. If he had not had the beacon and activated it
    in his life threatening situation it might have been hours before he was
    reported missing and the task of searching for him in the dark and difficult
    terrain would have been extremely problematic.

    Police want to stress how valuable a personal locator beacon can be for all
    types of outdoor activities, be it at work on a farm, recreational
    activities in the bush or hills, and at sea.

    Andy Brooke – O/C Palmerston North Police SAR
     
  4. sako75

    sako75 Well-Known Member

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    He may receive a hefty bill for the fancy ride but he is still here to talk about it. Great result
     
  5. Rushy

    Rushy OPCz

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    Good outcome
     
  6. SiB

    SiB Well-Known Member

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    Forgive my ignorance on this, but is it usual that the rescued party is invoiced the cost of the chopper? Not that I'd begrudge it if I'd been in deep doo-doo
     
  7. Rushy

    Rushy OPCz

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    No I don't think it is if it is a genuine emergency.
     
  8. Dundee

    Dundee Well-Known Member

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    Another SAR in the Tararuas.

    "Preparation is key for hunters and trampers after men rescued"

    Manawatü Police want to remind hunters and trampers that preparation is vital before heading into the bush after a hunting group of five men and their four dogs had to be air-lifted from the Northern Tararua Ranges in the Mangahao area yesterday afternoon (28 April, 2014).

    Police were advised at around 1:15pm yesterday by one of the men after they managed to find cell phone coverage. A search and rescue operation was launched with support from Horowhenua SAR volunteers and the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.

    "The group, aged in their late teens to early 50s, did have a GPS device and were well acquainted with the area; however they were woefully ill-prepared and did not have an emergency locator beacon which is a life-saving piece of equipment," says Sergeant Andy Brooke, Manawatü SAR coordinator.

    The group had entered the area from Tokomaru Valley Road and walked to the Mangahao River on the afternoon of Saturday 26th of April, 2014. At the time the weather was fine and the group crossed the river and walked through the bush to their campsite.

    Overnight the weather deteriorated and when they returned to the river they could not cross as the river had swollen to dangerous levels. They then attempted to climb towards the Burn Hut loop track to find a route to get them out of the area.

    "The group spent the Sunday night out in the open and huddled together as the weather deteriorated further. They had become trapped in dense bush and were unable to make their own way out.

    "All members of the group were under-equipped to handle a change in plans when the elements deteriorated and did not carry any form of shelter or weather appropriate clothing to spend a night out in the bush."

    The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter located the group who were very difficult to locate from the air in the dense bush. The men and their dogs were then winched out and taken to a safe location.

    All members of the exhausted party were suffering from varying degrees of mild hypothermia.

    "The men and their dogs were very lucky and this situation once again highlights the need to be prepared for emergencies and have alternate plans when venturing into the outdoors, whether it is into the hills or on the water.

    "Cell phones should not be relied upon as a means of emergency communication. People should consider taking an emergency locater beacon or a radio hired from the Mountain Radio Service," says Sergeant Brooke.
     
  9. Pengy

    Pengy Well-Known Member

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    It sure can turn to shit quick out there. Go prepared for the worst, hope for the best.
     
  10. ebf

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  11. Dundee

    Dundee Well-Known Member

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    Cheers EBF another rescue in the wAIKATO yesty to
     
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  13. Pengy

    Pengy Well-Known Member

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    That is a great way to fundraise for the group. If I know Barry and his girls, they wont make it easy for the visitors ;)
     
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  15. Spook

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    Same farmer had to go back into the bush yesterday to try and remove stock, failed, so has to go back in today...he is getting to know that area pretty good now.
     
  16. Dundee

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    "Climbing accident - Mt Ruapehu - Central"







    At about 1030hrs this morning 17th July 2014 a small group of climbers were climbing on the Pinnacle Ridge, Whakapapa when one of the party took a fall on ice and slid approximately 300 metres in an area known as Grand Gully.

    Whakapapa Ski Patrol attended to the 25 year old male climber who received serious head injuries as a result of the fall and he was subsequently airlifted to Waikato Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

    At the same time a search and rescue was initiated for a female member of the same climbing party who became stuck on the top of the Pinnacles and was unable to continue.

    Taupos' Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was utilised to deploy a RARO (Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation) team to the area to extract the 23 year old female.

    She was retrieved unharmed and without further incident.

    The group were well equipped and experienced and weather conditions were fine at the time.

    At this stage there is no further information in relation to the injured climber.
     
  17. Dundee

    Dundee Well-Known Member

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    "Overdue trampers in the Tararua Ranges - Wairarapa - Wellington"

    A search for two overdue trampers has been initiated by Wairarapa Search and Rescue in the area of Totara Flats in the Tararua Forest Park.

    The two women, aged 40 and 60 (mother and daughter), left Mt.

    Holdsworth carpark at about 9am on Sunday 3rd August. They intended to walk to the Waiohine Gorge Road end via Totara Flats using the Department of Conservation track that negiotates this area.

    There has been heavy rain in the Tararua's (as much as 150 mm). The two women are not equipped for an overnight stay. The track is well serviced by bridges but rivers in the area are flooded. They failed to reach Waiohine Gorge Road end where they were due to be picked up at 5.30pm. It is about a 17km walk from Holdsworth Lodge to the Waiohine Gorge Road end.

    Two search teams were deployed into the park to look for the women at 10.30pm. Heavy rain is continuing to fall in the area. It is hoped that the search teams will locate the women on the track or in the shelter of Totara Flats Hut.

    If they are found, it is intended that the two women and the search team will be flown out after daylight.

    The Incident Control Point for the search is the Wairarapa Search and Rescue base situated at Hood Aerodrome.
     
  18. Dundee

    Dundee Well-Known Member

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    They have been found safe.
     
  19. ebf

    ebf safkiwi

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    Very little chance of them having made it out down to Waiohine yesterday, hopefully they did the sensible thing and went to a hut...

    Can't understand how someone would plan that route with the forecast we had for this weekend :wtfsmilie:
     
  20. Dundee

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    "Missing Person - Levin - Levin - Central"

    Manawatu Police are currently searching for Tony Winslade aged 42. Tony was last seen leaving an address in Takaro, Palmerston North, on Sunday 26 October 2014 at 0930hrs.
    Winslade indicated to associates that he had intended to go hunting, Police are investigating a possible sighting of Winslade in the Otaki Forks area of the Tararua Forest Park on 26 October. Police are concerned for Winslades' safety and would like to hear from Winsalde or anyone who has information that may assist in locating him.

    Anyone with information can contact the Palmerston North Police on 06 351-3600.
     

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