Police trying to reach injured trampers
Mon, 16 Jul 2012 8:36a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Efforts to reach two injured trampers stranded at Te Matawai Hut in the Tararua ranges have been hampered by low cloud and rain.
The two trampers have injured knees and are part of a group of three teenage girls and an adult that talked to the hut yesterday from Mangahao Dam.
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter attempted to fly in this morning to uplift the injured pair and drop off a Horowhenua Search and Rescue (SAR) member to guide the remaining teenagers out.
However the helicopter was on only able to take the SAR member as far as South Ohau Hut. He will complete the remaining 3km to Te Matawai Hut on foot.
Police say they will wait for a break in the weather before attempting to return.
Communications with the group has been difficult because they have been using cellphones which are often unreliable in the back country.
Police are reminding hunters and trampers to ensure they have a reliable form of communication with them, and that this is most likely to be radio.
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