A hiker activated his Fast Find PLB to summon a rescue helicopter after breaking his leg following a fall: “On Sunday 7 October at midday I was descending from Kime Hut in the Tararuas with my 16 year old son. I had a heavy pack for a 4 day tramp and was just beside Denham peak when I accidentally stepped into an open space/hole in the track, fell and rolled down below the track. My tibia and fibula were both broken so my foot was only connected by skin and muscle and very painful.
No cellphone contact so I operated my McMurdo Fastfind 211 PLB. My son walked back towards Kime and after 30 minutes got cell coverage. The emergency services confirmed they had picked up the beacon and dispatched a rescue helicopter from Palmerston North which arrived 90 minutes after the accident and promptly located me. The paramedic and others pulled me back on to the track, applied a splint and painkiller and 30 minutes later I was winched directly into the helicopter. In 20 minutes I was at Wellington Airport for ambulance transfer to Hospital. My leg was operated on Monday morning with a titanium rod screwed inside my tibia.
Most of the remote routes in the Tararuas do not have cellphone coverage and often have strong wind or low visibility. Accordingly use of a PLB is essential to getting timely and accurate emergency response. Particularly if life is in danger or if you are in pain or trauma as I was. These routes are too dangerous to consider without a PLB, which like your raincoat is essential.”
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