21 Sep 2012

Beacon pinpoints Northland tramper

11:07 pm on 21 September 2012

A man who set out to walk the length of New Zealand has had to be rescued by helicopter after becoming lost in Northland's Puketi Forest.

The Rescue Coordination Centre says Daniel Snelling, 24, triggered his personal locator beacon on Friday while attempting to walk the length of New Zealand.

A rescue helicopter crew based in Whangarei found Mr Snelling and flew him to an ambulance at Kerikeri, but he was not injured.

"He was well and truly lost, cold and wet, so it was important to get him to a place of safety," says search controller Chris Henshaw.

Though Mr Snelling had been in a potentially serious situation, the use of his beacon turned it into a straightforward rescue.