Locator beacon leads to rescue

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 10:24 27/02/2014

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A Japanese tourist was rescued from the Kaweka Forest range in Hawke's Bay this morning after he activated a personal locator beacon while fly fishing.

The 83-year-old was flown to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital suffering from mild hypothermia, Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter spokeswoman Louise Harvey said.

The helicopter was called out at 12.30am today.

They found the man but were unable to winch him out due to poor weather.

They returned at first light to rescue him, Ms Harvey said.

Senior sergeant Ross Smith said it was the second callout in a matter days, thanks to a personal locator beacon.

Gavin Hall, 56, was hunting near the headwaters of the Ngaruroro River in Hawke's Bay last Friday when he died suddenly. 

Emergency services were alerted when a beacon was set off by Hall's friend.

A helicopter crew sent to the area found the pair.

Mr Smith said it was good to see more people using personal locator beacons as it helped emergency services respond quickly to people in trouble.

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