ACR EPIRB saves the day for father and son
19th August 2010
Craig Bunt and his 13-year-old son, Cas, were cold and wet after
being snowbound in a tent for 16 hours near the Lewis Pass when
they called for help on Tuesday morning. Christchurch's Westpac
rescue helicopter turned up an hour later.
Fearing hypothermia, Craig sent the emergency signal from his
rental ACR Aqualink PLB. It was received by RCC at 7:47 am and by
8:00am they had received the encoded GPS signal.
"It was really good to see them," said Craig Bunt, of Lincoln.
"But it was a hairy ride out in the wind at tree level.
He said they were near the end of a five-day hike from the St
James Walkway to the upper Boyle River when the weather packed in
"We were totally soaked and cold," he said. "The next morning
the weather was worse, so we set off the beacon."
The experienced trampers had walked the route before but were
not prepared to be "stuck in a valley with a blizzard".
Rescue helicopter pilot Stuart Farquhar said it was a case where
an emergency beacon had saved lives.
- Reporting by Helen Murdoch (The