Man falls on Gertrude Saddle track in Fiordland

08:10, Nov 09 2012

A 55-year-old was man was rescued this afternoon after falling several metres on the Gertrude Saddle track in Fiordland.

The man's partner made her was to the Milford Rd and used an emergency phone at the Homer Tunnel to call for help.

The man had fallen and injured his leg in steep terrain below Black Lake. He had slipped and fallen while climbing steep, slippery rocks.

Sergeant Tod Hollebon, of Te Anau police, said a Southern Lakes Helicopter crew winched the man to safety.

He was later admitted to Southland Hospital with a broken leg.

Mr Hollebon said carrying an emergency beacon would have given the couple a much faster response to the emergency situation they faced.


The Southland Times