Tramper airlifted after cutting head

By Emily Norman emily.norman@age.co.nz -
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An injured tramper was rescued after receiving a head would and triggering his emergency locator beacon. PHOTO/FILE
An injured tramper was rescued after receiving a head would and triggering his emergency locator beacon. PHOTO/FILE

A 63-year-old Wellington man was rescued from the Tararua Ranges on Monday afternoon after he was injured while on a solo tramp.

The man suffered a cut to his head while tramping from Kaitoke to Cone Hut in the Tararuas and activated his Personal Locator Beacon, which he had borrowed for the trip.

The Life Flight Westpac Rescue helicopter responded, with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic on board.

The man was located near the Tauherenikau River after a short search and the helicopter was able to land close to him.

He was flown to Wellington hospital with minor injuries.

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