Tourist winched to safety after mountain tumble
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An American tourist was winched to safety after falling near Lake Clearwater on Wednesday.
An American tourist was lucky to escape without injury after she took a tumble down a steep scree slope near Lake Clearwater, Canterbury, on Wednesday afternoon.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter intensive care paramedic Mike McLintock said the tourist, aged in her late twenties, had been negotiating a steep slope on Bush Stream Track inland from Mesopotamia, as part of a three-day tramp, when she fell.
The woman, who was tramping with her partner, ended up "bluffed", stuck and unable to move up or down the slope safely, McLintock said.
"Just because she had had that happen she was concerned about continuing down. They set off a spot beacon, it was very accurate to their location, we found them straight away."
McLintock said another group of trampers had helped her until the helicopter arrived about 1.30pm.
He said the woman had to be winched 60ft in the air to the helicopter using a nappy winch.
The tourist was checked over before being returned to the group to continue on her tramp.
He said the tourist was uninjured but had set off the beacon as she "was just a bit shaken up and anxious of her position, where she was on the mountain".
McLintock said the weather, which had been "beautiful", had not contributed to the woman's fall.