Waitakere Ranges rescue operations - latest update

Waitakere Ranges rescue operations - latest update

Waitemata

All trampers are safe after two rescue operations in the Waitakere Ranges this evening (Saturday 14 May).

In the first incident two people were airlifted to hospital for treatment for hypothermia. They were part of a group of 22 students and three teachers on Muir Track.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident after the group activated their emergency locator beacon. Following the activation emergency services and search and rescue staff attended.

While two members of the party were airlifted to hospital the remaining members of the party were able to walk out to Karekare Beach with support from search and rescue staff.

The group are in good spirits and are staying the night in Karekare.

In the second incident a 17-year-old girl who was part of a six person group tramping on the Twin Peak Track has hip and knee injuries.

The tramping party are well provisioned with tents and camping equipment. As the girl is in a comfortable condition the group are setting up camp for the night and search and rescue staff will contact them in the morning.

ENDS
Issued by PNHQ – Public Affairs