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Greenstone Valley, NZ

-44.9490692°S, 168.2811731°E

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Holtz

What happened?

I was walking down the Greenstone Valley in SW New Zealand, and first thing in the morning one day, I came across a tent poorly erected in the middle of the track. On closer inspection it was determined that the visitor from Germany had taken a fall the previous evening and had severely damaged their lower leg. Severe swelling was present around his ankle and lower leg which was consistent with a fracture or severe sprain.

This location was about 6 hours + walk to the nearest road end. He was unable to walk and there was the need for immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital.

The beacon was activated about 9 am with the helicopter with 2 paramedics arriving about an hour later. After checking the patient, he was assisted to the helicopter and flown to the Queenstown base hospital. It was subsequently determined that this person had broken their fibula and tibia bones in the lower leg.

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This product has been replaced by the ResQLink View.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!  
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  • 66 Channel GPS
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