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Hastings hunter Eddie Kettle, who plunged eight metres down a waterfall while hunting on the East Coast on Sunday night, remains in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital's intensive care unit.

Mr Kettle, 23, was transferred from Hawke's Bay Hospital to Hamilton on Monday with serious head injuries after losing consciousness for nearly five hours while a rescue party battled dense bush to carry him to safety. He underwent surgery yesterday.

- NZPA