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Nelson City New Zealand

-41.2706319°S, 173.2839653°E

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Glenn

What happened?

On Sunday night 1st June I was rescued by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. I was out on my mountain bike training for a planned hiking trip in outback Alaska USA. The Hira Forest is a production forestry area East of Nelson City New Zealand. The idea was to bike from the Whangamoa Saddle on the main highway through to Sharlands Creek close to the city. The roads are barred to the public for cars but the forestry company allows mountain bikers and runners to pass through when forestry activity is not being undertaken. I did not start out until about 3:30 pm on a winter day. All went well for the first two hours. I passed one jogger and two fellow bikers heading the other way. I reached the Teal saddle 1200 ft ASL about 5.30 pm.

The sun was going down but I thought that the worst of the climbing was over by then. I soon spotted a road sign indicating Sharlands Road. Thinking this must be the way I ground on up the hill climbing all the way. I was getting a bit apprehensive as the sun slide below the horizon. Cresting a hill I found two road signs. One pointing back the way I had come announcing Sharlands Road and the other pointing towards a valley which I knew was the wrong way.

Aha the third un signed road left must be the way. I was soon spinning down the good gravel road hoping I would make it before dark when suddenly the road came to a dead end. I had to slowly walk back up the hill to the main road and decided I needed to exit the forestry area via Teal Saddle. I eventually reached what I thought was Teal Saddle. The light was now so poor I had difficulty recognising it and unfortunately made another mistake going down yet another wrong road. By 6.30 it was pitch black. I faced the possibility of trying to walk back up the pitch black road and running the risk of falling over a bluff.

For a few seconds I debated if I should use the PLB that I had purchased only two months previously. I had been hiking in the mountains for 50 years so knew that a night spent out on the tops in below freezing temperatures would not be pleasant. I could not even see the markings on the PLB as I struggled to unlock it by feel. It was with some relief when it started up and the strobe light almost warmed me up. From where I was I could actually see the Nelson airport where the rescue helicopter is stationed. The pilot would have seen my beacon light as soon as he took off. Finding me was the simple part. Being in a recently logged forestry area was a big worry for the pilot because of the risk of hauling wires which are almost impossible to see in the dark, so they took an agonising long time to land right beside me on the skidder site. The paramedic seemed almost disappointed that I was not injured but they soon realised that if they had to look for me without the beacon it would have been slow and hazardous for both of us. They soon bundled my bike into the back of the helicopter buckled me in and had me back at the warm hanger in a few minutes. It looks like I better put a large donation in the box next time my Rotary Club does a fund raising event for the Helicopter Trust. Glenn Morris age 66 Nelson NZ.

Words of wisdom

For many years I was a radio design engineer for a telecommunications company. So I know and value a good sturdy radio when I see one. I think the PLB 375 has all the good features that are needed. Light, strong, easy to use, long lasting operating life, and functionally well suited to the task in hand.

Thank you note

Thank you ACR!

Rescue location

Nelson City 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!  
  • Buoyant
  • LED strobe light
  • Self Test
  • 66 Channel GPS
  • Easy emergency activation
  • Antenna clip

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