Farmer lost close to home
A dairy farmer who got lost near the border of his Kinleith farm sparked a search and rescue operation last night.
The 68-year-old dairy farmer walked to safety this morning after spending the night in the wet and cold of the Kinleith Forest, near Taupo.
He had been working to retrieve stock that had escaped from his property with his son between 3-4pm on Tuesday.
Taupo Police community constable Barry Shepherd said the farmer and his son separated to round up the stock, but the farmer never returned.
‘‘He just got disoriented in the pine trees and he just couldn’t find his way out before dark. So once it got dark he was pretty much stuck in there.
‘‘He got a bit of a sleep during the night and he was relatively warm because he was well dressed.
‘‘It would be fair to say he just snuggled into the undergrowth.’’
Nine Land Search and Rescue volunteers searched for the farmer until 4am this morning.
A police dog handler and his dog took over later in the morning and found the man, just before 8am, in the forest not far from the farm boundary.
‘‘He was a bit cold, he was hungry, but considering that he had been out all night and it was pretty chilly last night and wet, the dog handler was quite pleased and surprised that he was in such good condition,’’ Mr Shepherd said.
He was taken home for a hot shower and some breakfast.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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