Two search and rescue members have had a cold and wet night’s sleep after they were forced to spend the night with the men they were trying to rescue from North Island bush.
Two hunters called for help after they got lost and one was injured in a remote area of the Te Urewera national park near Galatea late yesterday afternoon.
A paramedic and two police SAR team members were flown in but poor weather made it difficult to find the men on the peak where they were waiting to be lifted out.
In fading light the two SAR members were winched in to spend the night with the men. All four were flown out at first light today.
The two hunters, in their early 20s, were in good spirits when they reached their car, Bay Trust rescue helicopter pilot Ben Fry said. NZN