An Auckland girl has been winched out of the Kaimai Range by a rescue helicopter after injuring her knee while tramping with a school group.
The 14-year-old girl was doing a week-long walk, cycle and kayak trip with a group from Manurewa College when she suffered the injury yesterday afternoon, TrustPower TECT Rescue helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly said.
"She couldn't walk on it. It was an eight-hour walk out," he said.
The girl was able to make it to the Te Rereatukahia Hut for the night, but was unable to carry on so the group called for help.
Brettkelly said the Port of Tauranga winch was used to get the girl into the helicopter about 9am as there was nowhere to land at the hut.
She was taken to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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