Canyoner falls 10m in Coromandel Forest Park

A resuce helicopter from the Waikato winched the canyoner to safety overnight. File photo.

A canyoner who fell 10m in the Coromandel Forest Park had to be airlifted to safety

Maritime NZ’s Rescue Coordination Centre NZ received an SOS alert at 2.20pm on Saturday from a canyoning party of 10 in the Coromandel Forest Park.

The beacon was registered to a local canyoning company.

One of the 10 canyoners had fallen about 10 metres and has suspected spinal injuries.

Conditions Saturday afternoon were not safe for the Auckland Westpac Helicopter to land, due to strong winds.

RCCNZ worked with a LandSAR team to organise a rope rescue to carry the person out by stretcher.

"The weather moderated and a rescue helicopter from Hamilton was able to land at 7.30pm," says Senior Search and Rescue Officer from RCCNZ, Mike Roberts,

"Two paramedics were winched down to the patient, and after assessment the patient was winched back out. The patient was reported to be Status 3 (moderate injury) and was transported to Waikato Hospital.

“This group did the right thing and organised a beacon to take with them on this trip. It allowed us to respond immediately and locate them quickly.”

The people in the canyoning group have assisted the helicopter crew with a short stretcher carry of the injured person.

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