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Injured hunter found huddling for warmth after two-day bush ordeal

A missing hunter was found trying to keep warm in a farm shed after a simple hunting trip turned into a two-day ordeal.

The 50-year-old went into the bush near Gisborne on Saturday morning with two friends, who agreed to split up and meet at a hut that evening.

However, while hunting in an area 32km south-east of Opotiki the man slipped and was knocked unconscious for some time.

The man, who is a diabetic, says he woke up later in the afternoon disorientated and began walking around the area and at one stage fell into the Motu River.

His friends alerted authorities when the man failed to return and search and rescue teams began scouring the area yesterday.

He was found at 11.30pm last night by a farmer in a shed inland from Gisborne having lit a fire to try and keep himself warm.

However, his rescue wasn't a straight-forward task, with the helicopter arriving to find its prepared landing site covered in fog and having to find another place to land.

The man was flown to Rotorua Hospital suffering head injuries and remains in a comfortable condition.

BayTrust Rescue Helicopter.


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