Emergency services responding to calls that a plane had crashed in North Canterbury this morning have discovered it was a Google wifi balloon.

Police, St John ambulance, a Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a lifeboat were scrambled to the scene after a call from a member of the public around 11.30am.

They were sent to a remote location near Nape Nape, east of Cheviot.

Police also received reports of a Google wifi balloon going down in the area around the same time.


Officers on the scene confirmed to Southern police communications that it was in fact a balloon.

There are no injuries.

Emergency services are now returning to base.

The balloons carry wifi connections for people in remote locations to get a high speed internet connection.

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