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Scenic walk ends in tricky rescue

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4 days ago

An elderly man who lost his way on a scenic walk near Picton ended up in steep terrain that challenged rescuers.

The 70-year-old became disorientated while walking through private land to link up with the Tirohanga Track on Monday afternoon.

He missed the turning point for the track and ended up in steep scrub land on private property near Essons Valley, police say.

Marlborough volunteer search and rescue staff found him about 5pm, two hours after he called on his cell phone and stayed put, but it took another hour to get to him in the challenging terrain.

He was cold and pleased to see the rescuers.

"It is a reminder to anyone planning to head out on any kind of walk, or tramp, to make sure they're adequately prepared should anything go wrong, even if they are only planning on being gone a short time," says Peter Hamill, the SAR team leader.

Essentials people should take on any walk include a cigarette lighter, personal locator beacon, compass or GPS, whistle, map, extra food and a survival blanket.

Walkers should tell people where they are going, especially if they are planning to go somewhere where there is little or no cell phone coverage.

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