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Skittles sustain lost German tramper

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/01/2017

A German woman lost for three days in the Taranaki bush sustained herself with just a bottle of water and a packet of Skittles during her ordeal.

The 19-year-old became lost on Monday on a track around the North Egmont Visitor Centre and spent two nights in the open before she was found by the Department of Conservation worker counting native blue ducks, or whio, in the Egmont National Park.

She had set off for what she thought would be a two to three hour tramp but lost her way and was not found until Wednesday morning.

Inspector Keith Borrell told reporters she was tired and a little dehydrated when found but was in good spirits and had been checked by paramedics.

"She's in a pretty good state of health considering she spent three days in the bush.

"She wasn't really prepared to spend any overnight time in the bush, she had a drink bottle and a packet of Skittles to go for a walk," Insp Borrell said.

He said she had become disorientated after deviating from a walking track onto a smaller DOC track.

About 40 people were involved in the search.

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