Rescue helicopter dispatched for hunter

A 76-year-old hunter needed the services of the TECT rescue helicopter yesterday. Supplied photo.

The Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter was dispatched to the Ruatahuna Valley at 4.30pm yesterday after a hunter fell into a river.

The 76-year-old man was pulled from the river by a hunting companion, when it was found he had stopped breathing.

However, CPR was administered with a successful outcome.

The helicopter landed at a camping ground in a steep valley, and a St John paramedic assessed the patient before he was flown to Rotorua hospital.

The main road into Ruatahuna has been washed-out and is blocked by slips, so there is no vehicle access to the valley for the next few days.


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