Man rescued from Puketi Forest


A man attempting to walk the length of New Zealand found himself off the beaten path in a Northland forest but luckily emergency services knew exactly where he was.

The 24-year-old tramper was rescued from Puketi Forest, west of Kerikeri, after he activated his Personal Locator Beacon at 11:08am yesterday.

Daniel Snelling is on a mission to walk the length of New Zealand and had set off from the far north earlier this month but got into difficulties on Thursday.

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand search controller Chris Henshaw said Mr Snelling raised the alarm via the locator beacon he was carrying.

"We were able to obtain information from Daniel's emergency contacts about his intentions and along with the GPS location information from his Personal Locator Beacon, were able to dispatch the Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) helicopter to the scene quickly," Mr Henshaw said.

"He was well and truly lost, cold and wet, so it was important to get him to a place of safety."

Mr Snelling was transferred to Kerikeri by the rescue helicopter, and was checked over by an ambulance crew. Other than cold and wet, he was not injured.

"This incident really shows the importance of carrying a registered PLB with GPS capability. RCCNZ was able to respond immediately, turning what had the potential to be a serious incident into a straightforward rescue operation," Mr Henshaw said.

He added carrying such equipment took the search out of search and rescue and increased the likelihood of a successful outcome.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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