PLB Activated When Hunter Falls 4 Meters
Posted on April 12, 2023 by Trevor
Trevor is an experienced hunter in New Zealand, with over 50 years hunting experience under his belt.
In July 2022 Trevor, his son Nick, grandson Seb, and friend Neil headed into the Tongariro Forest in Central North Island for a weekend hunt. The group had been hunting during the day with no luck, however their luck changed when Nick shot a young stag that evening.
The group located the stag, and began to carry it back to camp in darkness. During the walk back to camp Trevor became separated from the group.
Trevor became disorientated in the dark thick bush, loosing his sense of direction. Whilst making his way through the bush, Trevor stepped into a well-hidden crevasse which was about 4 meters deep.
Trevor fell into the crevasse, hitting his head on a tree growing at the bottom. Trevor sustained extensive life-threatening injuries to his head, which included massive brain bleeding, multiple skull fractures and a broken neck. Trevor was rendered unconscious and unable to respond or call for help.
Nick and Neil began became very concerned as Trevor failed to return to camp and began searching. Trevor was located laying in the crevasse un responsive and needing urgent medical attention.
Nick immediately activated his ACR ResQLink PLB which sent a signal to the rescue centre.
A search and rescue team along with a rescue helicopter were dispatched. Within an hour a rescue helicopter arrived to help Trevor.
With the help of the bright flashing light emitted from the ACR PLB a medic was winched down from the helicopter to Trevor. The medic was able to provided life saving care.
Trevor stayed in the crevasse for 8 hours in freezing conditions until he could be airlifted out and transported to hospital.
Trevor spent over a month in critical care in hospital, and is still recovering 8 months on (he is doing very well considering his injuries).
Nick has been hunting for several years with his ACR ResQLink PLB for peace of mind in case of an emergency.
Nick felt a huge sense of comfort knowing help was on the way for his badly injured father as soon as he activated the ACR PLB.
Trevor’s accident occurred in an isolated and dense bush location 5 hours walk from civilization with no cell phone reception.
To put it simply Trevor who is a father, grandfather and husband would not be here with us today if it was not for the ACR PLB.
Words of wisdom
From one hunter to another, Safety first!
Never leave home without your ACR PLB, you just never know when you may need it to save a life!
Thank you note
I just wanted to say a huge thankyou to the ACR team for provided such a valuable piece of life saving equipment.
Without the PLB my father would not be here today. Our family will be for ever grateful.
2CPR+3C Ngapuke, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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