Searcher honoured

By Hannah Walker

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Brian Tipler
Brian Tipler

Land Search and Rescue Taranaki has acknowledged Stratford man, Brian Tipler, for more than 50 years' service.

Brian became a member of the Eltham Alpine Club in 1956, which led to him joining Search and Rescue later that year.

He recalls his first callout: "A man had fallen on the ice on Fanthams Peak while making his way back to Opunake; as he slid he lost his pick axe and fell into rocks."

Brian says the camaraderie has kept him involved. "It is a really great atmosphere hanging with the guys, we all get along so well ... and of course the gratitude of the families when we find their loved ones alive."

- Stratford Press

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