Tramper falls down bank, dies

Last updated 21:19 12/01/2013

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A 75-year-old Tauranga man is dead after falling down a bank while tramping in the Waioeka Gorge near Opotiki, today.

The man, whose name has not been released yet, was with a group of 10 other trampers, who set at 9.30am heading for the Nikau Flats Hut, where they planed to have lunch at midday.

But around 12.15pm, he fell 20 metres down a bank and hit his head.

An emergency beacon was activated by the group and the Gisborne Rescue helicopter responded.

Two members of the party also began walking out of the bush in order to find help.

"A second helicopter from Whakatane then flew police officers and a paramedic in and the deceased man was winched out at approximately 6.30pm," a police statement said.

The rest of the party has since been flown out of the bush.

Police said the matter would now be referred to the Coroner.

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