1 Jun 2016

Missing hunter found alive

3:22 pm on 1 June 2016

A hunter missing in the hills near Levin overnight has been found.

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Search teams were sent to the Makahika area, near Levin. Photo: Google Maps

The 27-year-old man went pig hunting with a companion but the pair became separated.

The other man raised the alarm, and police began searching about 5.30pm yesterday.

Police said the hunter was spotted by a Defence Force helicopter and a medical team was winched down to help him.

He is believed to have a leg injury and possible hypothermia.

The temperature in the region fell as low as -2°C last night. Police had described the man as a novice hunter and said he was not equipped for an overnight stay.

A Levin local told RNZ News there were suggestions the hunter had only light clothing .

Police and Land Search and Rescue teams from a number of areas, including Horowhenua, Palmerston North, the Tararuas, Whanganui and Taihape, were sent in this morning to the Makahika area.

A Philips Search and Rescue Trust helicopter equipped with night vision and infrared technology was used in the search last night.