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Chopper's beacon leads to farm rescue

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/09/2016

The pilot of a weed-spraying helicopter used his emergency locating beacon to raise the alarm about a seriously injured farm worker in the central North Island.

The pilot was about to start his spraying job on a farm near Ohura, west of Taumarunui, on Monday when he noticed a man on the property had apparently fallen from his horse.

Because of poor cell coverage, the pilot used the beacon to alert emergency services.

The Philips Search and Rescue Trust says the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was despatched at 10am and the injured man was flown to Waikato Hospital.

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