Dawn helicopter search for tramper

TOM HUNT
Last updated 08:45 22/11/2012

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A Chilean tourist lost in the Tararua Forest Park near Masterton overnight has been found alive.

The 29-year-old had gone to Mt Holdsworth for a day hike and lost the track on his return journey to Holdsworth Lodge yesterday.

He alerted authorities to his predicament by way of a cell phone, and told searchers he was not equipped for an overnight stay.

Masterton Police Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson said the man was found alive by Search and Rescue helicopter at 7am this morning.

She believed he was cold, but otherwise uninjured and he was expected to be walked out of the bush by Search and Rescue this morning.

Acting Inspector Bruce Mackay said five volunteer search teams deployed to the area overnight had failed to find the man, whose cell phone battery had died.

''It would have been a cold night,'' Mr Mackay said.

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