Missing Waikanae Man Found After Three days in BushFebruary 24, 2011
The missing 75 year old Waikanae resident,Trevor Mann, has been found alive in the Hemi Matenga Park after three nights in the open.
A team of Land Search and Rescue (Land SAR) volunteers located Mr Mann about 200 metres from the ridge track off Hemi Matenga Memorial Park to the east of Waikanae around 2pm.
Search Incident Controller Constable Anthony Harmer says Mr Mann was winched out of the area by the Westpac Rescue helicopter and is now in Wellington Hospital receiving medical attention.
“Mr Mann is in a really good condition and is conscious, despite three nights out in the open,” he says.
“The night before a Police dog team did a search about 100 metres from where Mr Mann was located a short time ago.”
Constable Harmer says a day ago a member of the public phoned Police to report seeing Mr Mann on the Hemi Matenga track on Monday night around 7pm.
He adds:”This sighting really helped narrow our search area down to where he was last seen and helped us find him safely.”
Constable Harmer has thanked Search and Rescue volunteers from Wellington, Palmerston North and Levin and out-of-district Police staff who assisted in the search.
He also thanks Waikanae Neighbourhood Support, and Community Patrol teams, who spent many hours distributing flyers about Mr Mann’s disappearance.