18 Jul 2017

Waikato tramper safe after cliff fall

2:37 pm on 18 July 2017

A Waikato rescue helicopter team used night vision goggles to help find a tramper who had fallen down a cliff on a track south of Raglan.

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The 40-year-old man had been missing since Sunday and his vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Te Toto Gorge Track.

A foot search failed to find him but the rescue helicopter was able to spot him quickly after being dispatched around midnight last night.

The man had apparently fallen down a cliff and was unable to climb back up.

He was treated at Raglan Police Station for hypothermia, cuts and scrapes, before being flown to Waikato Hospital for further assessment.