A 61 year old male from Nelson was flown to Nelson hospital at 1115 today 9 December 2011 by the Summit Rescue Helicopter. The patient was tramping in the Douglas Range, Kahurangi National Park in a group of 4 when he fell and hurt his leg. They had spent the night at Lonely Lake Hut and were heading over the Dragons Teeth.
The group was carrying a 406 Beacon and activated it as the patient was unable to continue. We were deployed by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Wellington who received a satellite position for the beacon.
The beacon was tracked using our beacon tracker and the group was located in an open tussock/rock area. The patient thought it had taken approximately 45 minutes from setting off the beacon to our arrival.
He was treated by a St John Intensive Care Paramedic for a suspected broken ankle.
After receiving emergency treatment he was transported on the Summit Rescue Helicopter.
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