Trampers keep helicopter busy

Last updated 05:00 18/02/2013

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The Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew several trampers requiring medical attention out of the Mackenzie and Canterbury high country at the weekend.

On Saturday night the helicopter picked up a 28-year-old Auckland man who had been climbing in the area of Aoraki/Mt Cook when he was stricken with abdominal pain, Westpac paramedics said.

The climber was rescued from the Ball Pass area by Department of Conservation staff and taken to Tekapo. From there he was flown by Westpac helicopter to Christchurch Public Hospital.

The Westpac helicopter also picked up a tramper in the Landsborough Valley, southwest of Aoraki/Mt Cook, who had injured his knee. The tramper, a 50-year-old Christchurch man, was flown to Timaru Hospital.

On Friday the helicopter uplifted a woman, 64, from Pinnacles Hut at Mt Somers. The woman, a tourist from London, slipped on a section of loose gravel and suffered an ankle injury. She was taken to Christchurch for treatment.

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