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Man rescued from Marlborough bush

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/08/2016

A tramper has been rescued after spending a cold night lost in a Marlborough bush.

Police say the 25-year-old didn't make it home from his tramp up Mount Richmond Forest Park's Mt Riley and his friends called for help on Monday evening.

The man was found by two Search and Rescue teams at about 4am on Tuesday, wet and cold with an injured ankle.

Police say he was wearing light clothing - in what they called freezing conditions - but had a small amount of food and water.

He has since been walked down the mountain.

The hiker is the third to be rescued in just two days.

On Monday, police found British tourist Stephen Bennett, who spent two nights lost in Paparoa National Park on the West Coast with only an apple for sustenance.

In the third rescue, an Upper Hutt tramper in his 30s had to be picked by helicopter on Sunday after getting caught out in near sub-zero temperatures in Tararua Forest Park.

Police have issued a reminder to all trampers to be "adequately prepared with warm clothing, food and water" while tackling winter weather.

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