Discussion in 'Other outdoors, sports, huts and tracks' started by Dundee, Jul 5, 2013.
Good.result but sad.
"Missing Tramper - Tararua Forest, Otaki Forks - National Alerts"
MEDIA RELEASE. SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATION. 2300hrs Thursday 18/12/2014 Manawatu Police and Local LANDSAR volunteers are currently looking for David Schopf, a missing tramper in the Tararua Forest Park, Otaki Forks area.
He is a 21 year old male from Austria. Wearing black pants, blue windbreaker jacket, brown hiking boots, and a yellow and black beanie.
Also carrying a large black and grey tramping pack.
Described as having blond short hair. Schopf was last seen at Waitewaewae Hut in the Tararua Forest Park at approximately 1.30pm Wednesday 17th December 2014.
He has become separated from his tramping party between Waitewaewae Hut and Parawai Lodge, Otaki Forks. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have sighted this person.
There are some concerns for his safety. Please call police on 063513600 with any information after 0700hrs Friday 19th December 2014 Manawatu Police Search and Rescue - Constable Mark GILBERD.
Another great result team:thumbsup:
"Missing tramper located safe and well"
The missing Austrian tramper, David Schopf has now been located.
Just before 6pm today an aerial search located David approximately five kilometres down river from the Waitewaewae Hut.
The helicopter that conducted the aerial search, an NZ Airforce NH90, winched David out from the bush.
David was flown to Levin and is currently speaking to officers.
Police want to thank everyone who was involved in the search.
It's good when they get them.......alive.
Glad this guy made it out.
I get motion sickness pretty easy, my ride in nh90 went great. When they started doing low flying maneuvers over the ridges I felt a bit uneasy but still didn't lose my lunch kudos to the pilot.
Also being a 10 ton machine it has a lot of downdraft and noise. I recommend lugging around some ski goggles and earmuffs with your PLB for the next time you compound fracture and need the kerosene taxi.
I would of happily jumped in the chopper for the team you lucky bugger.
A couple of weekends ago. at this height they start to break a few branches off.
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Rescued Auckland trampers 'totally unprepared' | Stuff.co.nz
Especially love the part that they thought a 16km hike would take 2 hours...
I hope the bastards get the bill from the rescue.
It costs nothing to name and shame them surely
You will notice recurring themes in these search reports: party splits up; no intentions lodged; inadequate gear; no map; no means of communications; failure to seek advice; poor planning; not being prepared for a night out in the scrub, etc. Yet these events will keep on happening, because people don't learn from the mistakes of others. As a park ranger (40 years) and a SAR Adviser to the Police (27 years) I took part in over 250 SAR operations, and the causes were always one (or more) of those on the list above. You hoped that people would learn from their mistakes, but I recall one party leader who we rescued 3 times! What totally annoyed me though were lengthy searches for people who "disappeared" deliberately. A woman left footprints heading into the tide on a west coast beach, and a pile of her clothing was found nearby, and a long difficult search ensued. She was discovered much later alive and well, living in Sydney. Seems she was having relationship difficulties! A big shout out for LANDSAR- like volunteer firefighters, they are ordinary people doing an extraordinary job!
"Search for missing hunter continues"
Search and Rescue teams from Wellington, Manuwatu, Horowhenua and the Wairarapa are continuing their search for missing hunter 28 year old Timothy Cleghorn today. Cleghorn, also known as Timothy Aicken, has not returned from a hunting trip after leaving his home Wednesday night.
It is believed that Mr Cleghorn has his dog with him, a tan bull mastiff with a chain around its neck. Mr Cleghorn is described as white, of skinny build and is believed to be wearing a white t-shirt and green camouflage pants. Today's search will continue through difficult terrain in the Akatarawa Saddle down through to the Waikanae Valley.
Ten teams are part of the search along with the assistance of a local 4WD club.
Searchers will also be door-knocking along Akatarawa Road to see if any residents have spotted him. Anyone with any information or sightings of Mr Cleghorn is asked to contact Wellington Police on (04) 381 2000 and ask to speak with Sergeant Anthony Harmer.
"Missing Hunter Found Safe and Well"
Missing hunter, Timothy Cleghorn, has been found safe and well and does not require any medical attention.
Senior Sergeant, Anthony Harmer, of Wellington Police would like to thank the Wellington, Wairarapa, Manawatu and Horowhenua Land Search and Rescue teams for their assistance.
Senior Sergeant, Harmer, reminds people that venturing out on hunting or tramping activities to make sure someone knows your plans, check the weather, know your limitations and to make sure you're well prepared for the conditions.
Mis read this and thought it said "I reckon carry bacon" I thought yeah, that would work!
"Missing 70 year old female - North shore - National Alerts"
Police Search and Rescue are presently looking for a missing person, named.
aged 70 years.
5'2" on slim build
Wearing Black clothing, not carrying anything.
Missing from an address on Glade Lane, Birkenhead is Ann Sharp. She is quite mobile and was seen running down into Le Roy Bush Reserve close to her address around 5.20pm.
Ann takes medication for depression and suffers from dementia. She apparently is suffering from delusions and may well hide from people who she thinks are following her or looking for her.
Last seen wearing, Black Pants and Black Jacket.
The public are advised check their properties in the immediate area and to contact police if any persons fitting Ann Sharps description is located.
Good news for those who use the Ruahines.
"New radio repeater for Ruahine Ranges will help save lives"
In an effort to help with Search and Rescue (SAR) responses and Department of Conservation (DOC) management of the Ruahine Forest Park, a new DOC radio repeater has recently been installed on the Ngamoko Range near the high point known as Tunupo.
It was recognised that radio communications, particularly in the Oroua and Pohangina catchments, were largely non-existent. This posed risks for Police and Land Search and Rescue when responding to search and rescue events, particularly when the weather prevents flying in portable radio repeaters.
Over the last 18 months DOC, NZ Police and local iwi Ngāti Hauiti have worked together on a joint project to address this, resulting in the repeater being installed in February this year.
The repeater is solar powered.
"This will greatly improve our SAR responses and will undoubtedly help save lives” says Sergeant Bill Nicholson, Central District Police SAR Coordinator.
"Tests have indicated excellent coverage along the range and well into the Tararua, lower Hawke's Bay, Manawatu and Rangitikei districts."
Local Iwi Ngāti Hauiti were consulted in the process, supported the proposal and had input to the siting of the repeater.
Representatives from Ngāti Hauiti, accompanied by DOC Officer Richard Taiaroa, blessed the site prior to construction of the repeater.
“This project demonstrated how easy it can be for all stakeholders to co-operate, in the provision of communication systems that assist in Search and Rescue responses,“ says Neville Lomax, Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti, the iwi with manawhenua status in this area.
“DOC is pleased to be able to work with others to help ensure a safer community by the increased capabilities of SAR radio coverage," says Manawatu DOC Operations Manager John Rasmussen.
"Red flare practise exercise to run in Foxton area on Saturday"
Police warn that a Marine Search and Rescue Exercise will take place in the Foxton area this Saturday the 18th of June between 3-7pm, weather permitting.
The final part of the exercise will involve the launching of up to five red parachute flares, five red handheld distress flares, orange smoke distress signals and red laser pin point distress flares.
The flares will be launched from a position directly off the Manawatu River mouth several kilometres out to sea and be managed from the local Surf Life Saving premises.
This culmination of the exercise will take place between 5-7pm and is an excellent opportunity for members of the public to familiarise themselves with what distress flares look like.
This operation is being run by Manawatu Police Search and Rescue (SAR) in conjunction with Manawatu and Wanganui Coastguard and Surf Life Saving units
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