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Man and his rock rescued by helicopter

Dominion Post via

A man needed to be rescued from the Tararua Range by helicopter, along with a 10-kilogram rock he had found.

Sergeant Noel Bigwood of Otaki said the man, in his 40s, headed into the range from Poads Rd, Levin, on Saturday on a mission to collect a rock for the new Te Takere culture and community centre in Levin.

When he failed to return from the day trip by 9pm a friend contacted police. Inquiries found he had food for only a day, little clothing, no raincoat, map, compass or overnight gear.

A search team flew into the area on Sunday to check huts and routes and found him resting in a hut with a sore knee. The man was flown back to Levin, along with the rock he had collected.

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