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Missing man found in Marlborough bush

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/09/2016

A Canterbury man missing in the outer Marlborough Sounds has been found after spending a cold and wet night in the bush.

Police say the tramper was left disorientated, cold, wet and tired after being caught out by fog while tramping to Mount Stanley on the Nydia Track on Saturday afternoon.

He had minimal warm gear, but did pack a survival blanket, a locator beacon and phone with no GPS.

Reacting to the beacon, rescue teams went into the bush at about 7pm, finding the man at about 2am on Sunday, after keeping tabs on him by text.

About an hour later, after getting a meal and a few hot drinks, he was walked out of the bush.

Senior Constable Al Hendrickson said the wet conditions made the search difficult.

"It was slow going getting in there and slow coming out, but credit must go to the Land [Search and Rescue] team," he said.

"Speaking with the searchers on their return, I know they are all going home for a hot shower and some well-earned sleep."

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