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Manuka Point Lodge, Ramsay, New Zealand

-43.274559°S, 171.2175598°E

Posted on January 21, 2019 by Ethan & Isabella

What happened?

We went hunting for the weekend with a friend and our kids. The weather forecast was predicted to be fantastic clear days and nights. About 8km up the river a transmission over the hf radio in my vehicle stated severe storms in the rakaia river where we were. I immediately ordered everyone to get into the vehicles and get out the river to higher ground. As we drove back down stream, the storm overwhelmed us with poor visibility while the river level rose without warning. We finally got to the last crossing when I got swept 300m down the river with my children. The car washed up on the side of the bank of the river half submerged in water. My mate and his daughter were stranded in the river with their vehicle. They could not cross either by vehicle or by foot.

Using my hf I called the Mountain Radio Service for assistance. The kids were wet and freezing with the other 2 stranded in the river. A westpac rescue helicopter was dispatched, who recovers the 2 survivors in the river, returning to Christchurch with the children. I stayed with my mate on high ground till the morning so that we could arrange a recovery of both vehicles when the river level dropped. The kids made it back home safely, aged 8; 10 and 13.

Words of wisdom

Be prepared. Know the weather conditions, make pack to survive longer than you intend to stay. Be alert of your surroundings. Always take a PLB with you when going to remote locations.

Thank you note

The beacon was a real life saver. Even when I tried transmitting coordinated to the rescue team they asked me to set the beacon off so that my GPS position would be constant, helping them find us. Great device and I would never go without it.

Rescue location

Manuka Point Lodge, Ramsay, New Zealand

Rescue team

Law Enforcement / Police

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This product has been replaced by the ResQLink View.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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