27 Feb 2009

Man running from bees survives cliff fall

5:43 pm on 27 February 2009

A man has survived falling 35 metres down a cliff near Tauranga after losing his footing while running away from a swarm of bees.

The man, from Waikato, suffered a dislocated shoulder, head injuries and a broken finger.

The alarm was raised at 10pm on Thursday when the 20-year-old tramper failed to return from a bush walk at Pyes Pa.

A police search and rescue team from Western Bay of Plenty then began what they described as a very challenging hunt.

Abseilers made voice contact with the tramper at 9am on Friday and directed a helicopter to where he had managed to walk to.

The man was airlifted out of the ravine on a longline and taken to Tauranga Hospital.