Injured tramper found safe

A man left at the Shelter Rock hut by tramping buddies after leg trouble days ago was found by Queenstown police at 1pm this afternoon.

Senior Constable Julian Cahill said the man was found walking back to a car parked at Muddy Creek in the Rees Valley. The group, made up of three friends parked at Muddy Creek a few days ago with the intention of tramping a circuit around the Dart River area.

However, one of the group started having leg problems, and it was decided to leave him at the hut to recuperate and walk back to the car. When the pair who pressed on finished, they discovered their mate had not been heard of, and the car had not been moved.

Police sent a team into the area this morning. It was about a five hour walk from Muddy Creek to the Shelter Rock Hut, but the team managed to tackle a lot of the terrain with a 4WD.

Communication difficulties meant that there was no explanation on why the man had stayed so long in the hut, just that he was safe, Cahill said.