Tramper's two hour run to call for help

Last updated 10:50 27/02/2013
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

The rescue helicopter picks up an injured tramper in the Nelson Lakes National Park

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A tramper ran for two hours to get help when a 59-year-old Auckland man fell and was injured in the Nelson Lakes National Park area.

The man was flown to Nelson Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter yesterday afternoon.

He had been walking the tracks in the area with family members when he fell.

Another tramper who was staying at the hut ran two hours down the track to get to a location where he was able to get cellphone signal to so he could call for help.

The helicopter was sent at 4.30pm to the West Sabine Hut, which is 8- to 10-hours' walk from the nearest road.

The man was assessed at the scene, then taken to Nelson Hospital for further medical treatment.

He was treated and discharged.

St John team manager Jon Leach said the man had a big cut to his head.

The rescue helicopter was sent to the Cobb Hutt in Cobb River Valley, in the Kahurangi National Park, yesterday morning to pick up a 10-year-old boy with an ankle injury.

The boy was injured while walking by moonlight.

Police search and rescue were called for help.

The boy was treated at the scene by the helicopter's intensive care paramedic and flown to Nelson Hospital.

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