Sunday, August 2, 2009

Search and Rescue look for overdue hunters

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 10:42a.m.

A search and rescue team is preparing to look for two hunters overdue in the Ikawhenua Ranges, south-west of Whakatane.

Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly, of Whakatane police, said the two men pig hunting in the hills did not show up at their meeting point overnight.

At this point, Mr O'Reilly said the police were "erring on the side of caution".

He said it would have been cold in the ranges overnight, but the weather was otherwise good.

He believed both hunters were experienced and one was a former Department of Conservation officer.