The hard-working search and rescue volunteers of Wanaka and Fiordland are profiled in South Pacific Pictures series High Country Rescue. This eighth episode looks at an elderly mountain biker who’s taken a tumble, an injured Israeli hiker who has good fortune with some kind locals, and an embarrassed young new year's reveller who underestimates the cold of Mt Roy. Despite the trying situations the volunteers keep spirits high. One rescue turns to farce when the responders get their ute stuck up a hill and require a rescue of their own.
The reason that I believe I've been called is because I have a history with my own truck of drowning it in the Hunter River when I was safety officer for a mountain bike race. So basically I don't have a leg to stand on to be able to take the piss out of the people up the hill!– Gary, on rescuing a search and rescue truck stuck on Mt Roy
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Made with funding from NZ On Air