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West Coast tramper doing well in hospital

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/02/2017

A woman who was found after being missing for six weeks near Punakaiki on the West Coast is recovering well in hospital, police say.

Mother-of-four Shelley Crooks, 36, set out on a four-day walk in the Mt Bovis area in December but she became disoriented and injured a leg.

Sergeant Michel Bloom describes Ms Crooks' experience as "a remarkable story of survival".

He says she was well equipped and her extensive bushcraft knowledge enabled her to make her way slowly out of the bush.

Around 7pm on Sunday, a member of the public found her near one of the walking tracks, gave her food and water, and sought help.

She was picked up by the West Coast Rescue Helicopter and flown to Greymouth Hospital.

"We are ecstatic this has had a positive outcome," Sgt Bloom said.

He said said Ms Crooks wanted to thank the tramper who found her, and everyone involved in the search and rescue efforts.

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