13 Nov 2011

272 lives saved last year

1:32 pm on 13 November 2011

The New Zealand Search and Rescue Council says 272 lives were saved in the past year because of search and rescue operations.

The total number of operations was 2374, of which 1076 were sea-based, 976 were on land and 275 involved aircraft.

It says 425 people faced life-threatening incidents and 272 lives were saved.

The council says the total number of incidents is not significantly different to the previous year.

Use of technology, such as GPS distress beacons, significantly increases the chance of success.

The figures include police search and rescue operations.