Missing tramper safe

01:05, Mar 03 2014

An overdue tramper was located by search teams this mornng.

A 40-year-old English man was reported missing last night after he failed to return from his day tramp on the Lake Sylvan-Rockburn-Sugarloaf-Routeburn circuit near Glenorchy.

The man, who lives Australia, was travelling in New Zealand with his wife and child and had been dropped off by his family at the Lake Sylvan car park yesterday at 6:45am.

When he didn't arrive at the Routeburn Road end yesterday evening his family contacted police.

A helicopter and crew equipped with night vision and infra-red equipment searched for him in the early hours of this morning but they were unable to locate him.

Weather conditions were poor with snow flurries on alpine sections of the route and rain, wind and cloud.


Two ground teams of search and rescue volunteers went into the route from opposite ends and this morning met up at the junction of the Rockburn Trackand the Sugarloaf Pass Track.

They continued up the Rockburn Track and at 9:30am found the man alive and well about 20 minutes walk further along the track.

Some 14 people were involved in the ground and air search for the man.

The search had been a tremendous effort by search and rescue volunteers who had searched through the night in poor conditions, said Senior Sergeant John Fookes.

The Southland Times