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Hiking

Canterbury, NZ

-43.7542275°S, 171.1637245°E

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Crozier

What happened?

We are commercial Beekeepers based in Canterbury, NZ. We were heading off to Otira to pick up hives to bring them back home and when we got to the Otira river crossing, the river was really low so we had no trouble crossing it. Not long after we started loading hives onto vehicles, it started raining. After an hour, one of the guys went back to check the river level and when he came back he said it had risen but at a rate not to cause any concerns as the last load was just about done.

Within 30 minutes, the hives were loaded, final vehicle checks done and the vehicles headed back to the river and then head home. By the time they got back, there had been a flash flood and the river was around chest height and the guys knew there was no way they were getting across it. Everyone was cold, wet and concerned about getting out.

After trying to attract the attention of passing vehicles on the other side of the river, it was decided to activate the ACR ResQLink PLB and hope help wasn’t too far away. I got the call from the Rescue communications centre in Wellington to say a beacon had been activated and the Greymouth Rescue helicopter had been dispatched. What a relief! Within an hour, all the guys had been airlifted out and we made plans to have them picked up from.

Words of wisdom

We are going to purchase more so that each vehicle in our company will now carry one of these ‘lifesavers’.

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Canterbury, NZ

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ResQLink™+

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This product has been replaced by the ResQLink View. Learn More It may be small, but it's tough. The ResQLink™+ Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a buoyant, GPS-enabled rescue beacon that's suited for outdoor adventures of all sizes (think: everything from hiking and cycling to hunting and fishing). Should you run into an unexpected survival situation, the ResQLink+ PLB will relay your location to a network of search and rescue satellites, allowing local first responders to more easily get you home safe and sound. Be Prepared for the Unpredictable!  
  • Buoyant
  • LED strobe light
  • Self Test
  • 66 Channel GPS
  • Easy emergency activation
  • Antenna clip

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