School girls rescued from forest

02:01, Jul 13 2014
A map showing the Kaimai Mamaku Forest.

A group of school girls and their instructors have been rescued from the Kaimai Mamaku Forest. 

Yesterday's heavy rain and rising rivers forced the 12 high school students, all around 14 years old, and their two instructors to deviate from their original track.

The group emerged from the bush, all safe and well about 1.15pm today with the help of Waikato search and rescue teams.

Police were told the group were trapped at 6.30pm yesterday, when an instructor called for help.

Waikato District shift commander, Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend, said after speaking with the group it was decided they were well equipped to brave the night.

"That was their original plan anyway... and they were fully prepared."

Friend said two rescues teams trekked into the forest at 7am, but from different directions to help decide which route would be the easiest way to walk the group out. 

Police did not know which school the group was from, but said they left Dickey Flat Camp yesterday morning and no one in the group was injured or unwell.

Friend  said "this was an example of a very well prepared group with all of the safety equipment you could ask for, making a very good call to ask for help. The girls were never in any real danger, but it was right not to try and push on when confronted by rising water."


Waikato Times