Missing hunter found near Waiti Stream byhelicopter

Missing hunter found near Waiti Stream byhelicopter

A missing hunter, who had disappeared after entering the woods near Makahika, Levin, has been located in the search and rescue operation.

The missing man was found near the Waiti Stream by a Defence Force helicopter that was taking part in the search and rescue operation. A medic was sent down from the NH90 to assist the man from Levin. The man was airlifted and dropped to an ambulance at the Levin Showgrounds, where he walked into the ambulance with the help of a St John officer.

The Ambulance paramedics are assessing his conditions and it is believed that he may be suffering from a leg injury and possible hypothermia. A police official said that the man was reported missing this morning after his hunting partner said that the two were separated yesterday in the bushes. The man was not carrying equipment to spend the night in the bushes.

Officials said that search and rescue teams from Palmerston North arrived in Levin to assist in the operation. The friend of the missing person, Evan Jacobsen said that the hunter belonged to Levin. Central District search and rescue co-ordinator Sergeant Bill Nicholson said the man had gone missing in the foothills behind Levin. He had earlier said that several teams are working to locate the man and more teams are arriving from Taihape, Whanganui and Tararua. The New Zealand Defence Force joined the search with the NH90 helicopter in the morning and helped locate the man and bring him to safety.