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Wairarapa Search and Rescue Inc. (Masterton).

  • Another rescure near Dundas in the Tararuas     19 May 2018

    Posted by: Wairarapa Search and Rescue Inc. (Masterton).

    On April 16 we were asked to provide a team to assist Horowhenua SAR to locate two missing persons who had activated a personal locator beacon. Around midnight an Air Force NH 90 helicopter collected a team of 5 and flew them in to near Dundas hut in strong winds. As the team neared the hut the missing persons were located and three of our members went to assist in bringing them back to the hut, a slow walk in the wind with the rescued very weak. It was very cosy, with 10 people in a 6 bunk hut. It was nearly 30 hours later before the rescued pair were warm enough to be moved and the weather cleared enough for Amalgamated Helicopters to fly everyone out. Another two days off work for some.

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  • Skills Refresher Training     6 March 2018

    Posted by: Wairarapa Search and Rescue Inc. (Masterton).
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    On a warm sunny day in March members of Wairarapa SAR gathered for a day to refresh skills in operating around helicopters, river crossing and survival, search methods and radio use.

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  • Rescue on the Tararua Tops in bad weather     6 March 2018

    Posted by: Wairarapa Search and Rescue Inc. (Masterton).
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    With a rescue helicopter unable to fly Wairarapa SAR were asked to respond to a Personal Locator Beacon activation high in the Tararuas near West Peak.

    A team of 6 made their way to Herepai hut, then four continued in wind, recorded nearby at 130km/hr, and rain. Sometime crawling to avoid the worst of the wind the team reached the rescue site at 1.30am. After making the tramper comfortable they all tried to rest, not much hope of sleep in the conditions. Come dawn, with it still too windy to fly, the party slowly made their way to Herepai hut for a rest, and a Medic to check over the tramper, before walking out.

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  • Beacon activation response     21 April 2015

    Posted by: Wairarapa Search and Rescue Inc. (Masterton).

    A group tramping near Jumbo hut became disorientated in mist, a member suffering from possible hypothermia. They set off a locator beacon, due to weather a helicopter could not reach them. A team of 4 volunteers walked in in bad weather, located the missing party, guided them to Jumbo hut and eventually out to the road end. Operation time 18 hours.

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  • March 7 Most recent Operation     24 March 2015

    Posted by: Wairarapa Search and Rescue Inc. (Masterton).

    The weather prevented a helicopter flying so the Rescue Coordination Centre asked Wairarapa SAR to send a team to investigate a locator beacon activation.

    As the team was about to leave our base a helicopter was able to fly in to the area and bring out in injured tramper.

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  • Recent Training     24 March 2015

    Posted by: Wairarapa Search and Rescue Inc. (Masterton).

    February 1 team members to refresh skills with GPS handheld units, VHF radio's, and search method skills

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