Rescuer hurt during heli-lift

A rescue helicopter crew got more than it bargained for when airlifting an Australian scout with a broken ankle off the Rees-Dart Track last night.

Queenstown senior constable Chris Blackford said the heli-lift was landing on the track at 6pm to extract the scout, who was part a large group of Australia-based scouts tramping in the area, and had taken a tumble.

However, another tumble happened as the helicopter landed.

''A female member of the group fell backwards about 5 feet (1.52m) over a riverbank, and suffered several broken ribs," Mr Blackford said.

"Both were taken to Lakes District Hospital for treatment.''

The Southland Times