An Oamaru hunter who went missing in the Mount Misery area was found by North Otago Search and Rescue yesterday morning cold, tired and with a broken femur.
It is believed the 52-year-old had broken his leg on Tuesday, and could have struggled to move for about 42 hours.
The cold and tired hunter was located at about 8.10am with a broken femur.
“He was cold and getting colder, but was very pleased to see us,” Sergeant Peter Muldrew said.
The search and rescue operation was launched at 9.30pm on Wednesday night, when the 52-year-old did not return from a hunting trip.
“He’d gone hunting on Tuesday [early morning] and his brother got concerned when he was overdue on Wednesday at 6pm,” Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy said.
At 7.30pm his brother located his vehicle and had a quick search himself before contacting police at 9.30pm.
There was a search through the night which ramped up at 6am yesterday morning, Sergeant McCoy said.
Oamaru police Sergeants Craig Sew Hoy and Peter Muldrew worked through the night on the search, he said.
Due to the isolated location in the Shepherds Creek area, it was not possible for him to be walked out and a Westpac Rescue Helicopter transported him to Dunedin Hospital.
By Rebecca Ryan