Hunter stabbed in thigh

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter used night vision goggles during the flight. Supplied photo.


A hunter is in Waikato Hospital after being stabbed in his thigh while dressing a deer.

The man, in his late 30’s, was found lying partially in a river and unable to move south of Hauturu, near Kawhia, on Saturday.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked by the Rescue Coordination Centre to investigate a beacon activation just before 10pm on Saturday.

“Equipped with night vision goggles and infrared binoculars and carrying a winch-qualified advanced paramedic and an NZ Police Search and Rescue Officer, the rescue helicopter arrived in the search area and immediately located a man in his late 30’s who sustained a stab wound to his thigh while dressing a deer,” says a spokesperson for the rescue chopper.

“The man was hypothermic from laying partially in a river, unable to move. After being attended medically, he was winched off the riverbank and flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.”

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