Four trampers rescued by chopper

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 08:25 31/12/2013
Nelson rescue chopper
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SAFETY: Four trampers (in the background) were winched out of dense bush by the Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

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Four trampers have been rescued by helicopter from dense bush near Nelson after becoming stranded by swollen streams.

The trampers were stranded on a dense bush spur, surrounded by rising river flows, near the end of the Mt Richmond Forest Park alpine route in the Wairoa Gorge area south of Nelson.

The group activated a locator beacon about 5pm yesterday after deciding not to attempt crossing the river.

Each tramper was winched 30 metres up to the rescue helicopter and given a medical check, before being flown back to the car park at the start of the route.

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