Methven LandSAR volunteers have been recognised at the New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards for a tricky bush recovery operation completed last year.
On April 2, 2017, Methven LandSAR was tasked with finding and bringing out an injured hunter from the Big Ben Range in the Canterbury High Country.
Low cloud prevented a helicopter entry, so a search and rescue team from Methven was deployed to extract the patient by stretcher to a position where St John could attend.
Having located the hunter, the rescuers moved out, but with the light fading, they found themselves in thick bush and scrub and hunkered down for the night.
At dawn and in rainy conditions, they continued the difficult stretcher carry back journey across steep and slippery terrain to Bush Stream Hut. Additional volunteers were sent out to relieve fatigued LandSAR members.
The effort of the team of 20 Methven LandSAR rescuers involved in the successful operation was recognised at an awards ceremony in Wellington on Tuesday night.
The group was commended for its risk management, decision making and can-do attitude in carrying out the rescue and awarded a certificate of achievement.
The New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards acknowledge worthy achievements in the field of search and rescue and formally and publicly recognise those involved.
Two gold awards and six certificates of achievement, covering operational activity and support, were presented by Her Excellency, the Rt Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy.