Search for tramper lost on West Coast

Last updated 16:05 17/01/2014
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An Australian tramper missing overnight on the West Coast has been found.

The 62-year-old man was reported missing yesterday afternoon after becoming separated from his tramping companions on the Croesus Track, which runs between Blackball and Barrytown.

The man was with a group of five who spent Wednesday night in the Ces Clark Memorial Hut.

Police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said search and rescue teams were unable to find the man yesterday and resumed searching today.

The tourist was spotted near Fagan Creek about 1pm by searchers onboard the Greymouth-based NZCC resuce helicopter.

Dunn said the man became lost during a three or four hour tramp descending towards Barrytown over steep terrain yesterday.

He had wandered about 700 metres from the track and was about 500 metres vertically below the track.

The man was winched to safety and was showing early signs of hypothermia but did not require further medical treatment.

Dunn said police thanked the Land Search and Rescue volunteers who gave up their time to assist with the search over the past two days.

 

 

 

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