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Emergency Beacon - Kia Ora Hut

Number of rescue: 1

Bushwalker Rescue

Aug 5 2015

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

About midday today the Westpac Rescue helicopter was activated after an emergency beacon was activated at Kia Ora Hut on the Overland Track.

Media Release

About midday today the Westpac Rescue helicopter was activated after an emergency beacon was activated at Kia Ora Hut on the Overland Track.

A 44 year old Hobart man was located at the hut by the helicopter crew.  He had been stranded at the hut for 4 days and had tried to make it out on numerous occasions but was not successful. As his food was running low and the snow made it impossible for him to make it out, he had activated his emergency beacon.

The man was flown to Hobart uninjured and in good condition.

Footage of the mission is available from Sue Stanley at Rotorlift.

Michael Preshaw
Search and Rescue

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