man rescued from Ureweras after weeks in the bush

  • Hypothermic man rescued from Ureweras after weeks in the bush https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104587065/hypothermic-man-rescued-from-ureweras-after-weeks-in-the-bush
  • > He was believed to have been in the bush for several weeks Thats a hell of a long time I wonder how long he was lost/hypothermic for.. if he spent nights outside in just his undies he would have been bloody freezing
  • Looks like he was hypothermic after two failed river crossings rather than from being lost, but must have been desperate if he ran out of food 4 days ago. I wonder if he’s active on here as the article suggests he is quite experienced and spends large periods in the bush. Sounds like he has the skellerup boots some here love too!
  • My reading is that he had been in the bush for a couple of weeks, was heading out at the end of his time, got stuck on the wrong side of a flooded river, ran his food out, had a couple of goes at getting across and was swept away, eventually ended up on the same side as the hut but minus his trousers and hypothermic, fortunately still had his PLB and was able to activate it. More clarity in how the reporters phrase these things, ability to ask the right questions would be helpful...
  • Its seems to me like he may not be as experienced as the report suggests. Crossing a river on your own at normal water level is dangerous but attempting to cross a FLOODED river TWICE is just plain ignorance. In my opinion it would have been safer to just pull the pin on the PLB rather than risking his life crossing the river
  • I've got no doubt the man is a very experienced bushman. People don't usually spend weeks in the Urewera unless they know their stuff. I'd be interested to see what happened. Interesting story.
  • I've got no doubt the man is a very experienced bushman. People don't usually spend weeks in the Urewera unless they know their stuff. I'd be interested to see what happened. Interesting story.
  • Maybe after his first attempt at crossing the river where he failed then he got cold and his judgment got impaired. Plus there is the heuristic bias of 'homitis' or in his case 'hutitis' where he had a huge overriding compulsion to get to that hut come hell or high water. This has been the cause of many a river-crossing fatality. Ironically he then became so hyperthermic that his cognition was impaired to the extent that the hut lost its significance or he couldn't see it. So good that he had enough mental function left to activate his beacon.
  • > More clarity in how the reporters phrase these things, ability to ask the right questions would be helpful In this case I think most or all of the information has been parroted from the rescue trust's press release. https://www.rescue.org.nz/media/rescue-of-man-with-severe-hypothermia-in-urewera-ranges/ IMHO it's unfortunate that the press release included a line which could be interpreted to mean that the moral acceptance of activating a PLB correlates with paying tax.
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