It's not just trampers who have benefited from carrying personal locator beacons in the back blocks of Manawatu.
Last month a farmer injured in a quad bike crash was rescued by the Palmerston North rescue helicopter after activating his beacon. There was no cellphone reception on parts of the Dannevirke farm.
In March, last year, a tramper was rescued from a ravine in the Tararua Ranges after he fell while walking by himself.
The following month a Palmerston North man used a SPOT device to call for help north of Otaki Forks, the same part of the Ranges where five people were rescued this week. The 36-year-old had hurt his knee while tramping along the Otaki River.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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