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Mount Cook, New Zealand

-43.5949749°S, 170.1417883°E

Posted on May 2, 2018 by David

What happened?

I headed off on my 4WD 4 wheeler bike on a beautiful MacKenzie Country day to spend the day in the hills with my two golden retrievers. They got on to the scent of a possum up a tree. I didn’t have a firearm with me, so got off the bike and shook the tree, only to find that the possum had jumped to another tree. I did the same again, with the same result. On the third try, the possum stayed up the tree. I stepped back and lost my footing on the very slippery mat of larch tree needles and ended up falling 20 metres down a steep bank. I realized I was in trouble when i had to lift my trousers to get my leg to move. I had my cell phone on me, but although I could get it to ring out, the signal was not strong enough to allow any message to get through. I then let off my beacon, which I always keep strapped to my trouser belt. Not long after I heard a helicopter in the area. I could see it searching, but as I was in an area with a lot of tree cover, I knew finding me would take a bit of time. After the third lot of gps co-ordinates were sent through and the search area was cut down, I was located. They had to fly back out to get help to bring me in the stretcher up the hill, but then I was airlifted to the closest hospital with a broken femur. One large operation later, I am thankfully now on the road to recovery.

Words of wisdom

Those emergency beacons are so worthwhile and I will never leave home without one.

Thank you note

Thank you ACR!

Rescue location

Mount Cook, New Zealand

Rescue team

Local Search and Rescue

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This product has been replaced by the ResQLink View.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!  
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  • LED strobe light
  • Self Test
  • 66 Channel GPS
  • Easy emergency activation
  • Antenna clip

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