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Missing walker found in New Zealand

18 March 2011 09:22

A British walker who went missing in New Zealand has been found safe by rescuers

A British walker who went missing in New Zealand has been found safe by rescuers

Rescuers have located a Portsmouth man who went missing while trekking in New Zealand.

A 50-strong rescue team, including rescue aircraft and dog teams, was drafted in to trace James Esbester, from Waterlooville, Hampshire, after he disappeared from his accommodation in Kahurangi National Park near Nelson.

Esbster, who was on the Wangapeka Track, had last written that he going to attempt to climb Mount Luna last Thursday.

He has now finally been found at the Crow riverbed, six miles from his intended route.

Inspector Hugh Flower said: "The helicopter had been sent to check remote huts well outside the search area in order to eliminate them from the search when the pilot spotted Mr Esbester waving.

"He has been taken to Nelson Hospital with suspected mild hypothermia, but at this stage there is no indication he has suffered any injury."

Mr Esbester's father, who is from Portsmouth, had flown out to join the search.