Second teenage tramper rescued from Marlborough mountain this week
Another teenage hiker in medical distress has been rescued in Marlborough, just days after the first.
The hiker, a teenage girl, was part of a group near Mt Furneaux in the Marlborough Sounds, near Cook Strait.
The group used a personal locator beacon to alert emergency services in the early hours of Wednesday, but poor weather prevented Life Flight from being able to fly out at dawn.
Life Flight crewman Logan Taylor said another member of the hiking group was able to care for the teenager through the morning.
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The crew, including a Wellington Free Intensive Care Paramedic, took the Westpac Rescue Helicopter out after weather improved later in the day.
They had to winch the paramedic to the ground to treat the patient before both the paramedic and patient could be pulled out.
The teenager was flown to Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, in a stable condition.
A teenage girl was rescued from Mt Robertson, south of Picton, on Monday after spending the night in the bush. She was also part of a group.
"Each tramping group was carrying a personal locator beacon, which allowed the team to easily find them through dense foliage," Taylor said.
"As the weather gets nicer and more New Zealanders start to head out into the bush, it's a good reminder to carry a reliable form of communication and a personal locator beacon."
- The Marlborough Express