Tourist runs to help friend

Last updated 13:00 06/02/2013

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A Danish tourist ran for two hours to raise the alarm after his tramping companion became "acutely unwell" in dense bush near Murchison.

The Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter was alerted to the emergency at Deepdale Creek, in the Upper Buller Gorge, at 10.30am yesterday.

Two Danish men had been tramping and fishing in dense forest, west of Maruia Falls. A 21-year-old became "acutely unwell" on Monday night, and his friend ran 10-15km to get help.

St John team leader Gary Tobin said the man called for help at a farmhouse.

Tobin said the rescue helicopter crew spotted the ill man's tent beside a river tributary.

The helicopter was unable to land in the thick bush and steep-sided valley. The sick man was winched into the helicopter and flown to Nelson Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

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