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Tasman Glacier, Canterbury, New Zealand

-43.5983151°S, 170.2167344°E

Posted on October 25, 2018 by Anna

What happened?

Bob and I were descending from a weekend in the Mount Cook area where we had been climbing. We had exited out the end of the Boys glacier and were stepping off the snow for a small section on loose rocks along the ridgeline before we would return onto the snow. We were still wearing crampons. I turned as Bob yelled to see him cartwheeling down the ridgeline, out of control after tripping. He stopped only a foot short of a 60m bluff thankfully. He had badly sprained both ankles, and was bruised, sore and in shock. We had about 8hours of technical ahead of us and I knew there was no way we could get through it given he was in too much pain to stand up. I activated the PLB and we waited on the ridgeline. The Mt Cook rescue team arrived by chopper and winched us both to a nearby hut where we were then flown to the village and Bob received medical care. So glad I had my beacon with us that day!!

Words of wisdom

Always take those items that you need to keep someone else warm, dry and hydrated even when you’re trying to save weight!

Thank you note

Thanks so much, this was the first time I’ve activated a plb after many years of carrying it and it pulled through for us when we needed it!

Rescue location

Tasman Glacier, Canterbury, 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This product has been replaced by the ResQLink View.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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