Helicopter rescue on Mt Taranaki

Two trampers have been rescued from Mount Taranaki's slopes this morning, using a location beacon to help guide a rescue helicopter to their position.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was called out late this morning to conduct a search for an activated personal location beacon that led its pilot to two female trampers stranded on the Stoney River Track, on the North West slopes of Mount Taranaki.

One of the women, aged in her late twenties, had sustained a fractured ankle while crossing a rough, boulder-strewn creek.

A St John paramedic was lowered to the ground in mild weather conditions and was able to winch the two women on board, before flying them to New Plymouth for medical treatment for the injured tramper. 

Manawatu Standard