Rescuers' uphill effort to rescue man

00:38, Jun 30 2014

It was an uphill battle for Wellington rescuers who hiked for more than an hour with all their paramedic gear to help a man who collapsed atop a popular walking track.

Wellington Free Ambulance's paramedics armed tackled Mount KauKau at lunchtime - managing to get a collapsed 55-year-old man to ground level on foot.

The popular walking and mountain biking track, which is 455 metres above sea level at the summit, is accessible from Johnsonville or Khandallah.

The call came in about 12.30 today and the man, thought to be suffering from a medical issue, was estimated to be located about 20 minutes' walk up the track, a Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said.

A rescue helicopter was initially dispatched but it was needed for another medical emergency in the Hutt Valley.

The rescue squad instead walked up with a "wheel" and bucket contraption to stretcher the man down the track to a waiting ambulance.

The whole rescue took one hour 15 minutes, the spokesman said. The man was taken to Wellington Hospital in a moderate condition.


The Dominion Post