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Missing Man Found – Kaiwaka

Missing Man Found ***

The discovery of a body has dashed hopes a Northland man was still alive. Friends of the man are devastated, saying they held on to hope he was still out there somewhere.

An extensive police search was conducted after Hyung Jun Cho, 28, vanished on December 9 last year.

His car was found down a bank 1km north of Kaiwaka, but there was no evidence that anyone had been injured in the crash. A farmer checking his stock found the body on the edge of a Department of Conservation reserve east of SH1 on Thursday morning and notified police.

Waipu Caves Rescue of School Party Close thing

Cave Rescue, Flooded Waipu Caves – School Party – Sept 2007

Seven members of the Cave Rescue team with most of the Police SAR squad, NZ Fire, & St. John Ambulance responded to Waipu Caves to rescue SIX teenage students from Northcote College along with TWO adults from a flooded cave resulting from rain deluge. This was originally a party of TWELVE with two instructors with only part of the group managing to exit before the flood waters came up blocking the exit.

These EIGHT were underground since approx. 09:00 and had been trapped at approx. 14:00hrs. Cave entry by Northland SAR Cave Team was not obtained until approx. 18:30.

Cliff Rescue Sept 2007

Cliff Rescue Sept 2007 – German Tourist

Three members of the Cliff Rescue team (Shane Cleary, Glenn Hawke, & Kevin Bell)with Four members of the Police SAR squad responded rescued a 28 yr old German tourist, who was walking around the end of Tapeka Point near Russell in the BOI who got caught out with an incoming tide.

Marine Coastal SAR Sept 2007

Marine Coastal SAR Sept 2007 time waster.
-Chief: Lives put needlessly at risk

A full-scale air, sea and land search – costing around $10,000 – was mounted on Sunday in four-metre seas and 30 to 40-knot nor-easterly winds after family members thought two men and a woman were lost at sea after failing to return from a fishing trip.

About 60 members of the Northland Land Search and Rescue squad, including police officers and civilian volunteers, were at Bland Bay on an annual training exercise when the alarm was raised over the trio about 9.30am on Sunday.

Two search teams in the area – some members being blown off their feet in the gusty winds – found the camping trio.

81 year old male suffering dementia – June 2007

81 year old male suffering dementia SAR – 28-06-2007

An 81 year old male suffering dementia walked out of his rest home between 0600 and 0645 hours. Rest home staff had searched for him till about 0900 hours then called the police.
Local Waipu police and Highway patrol units searched for him on the roads till 1200 hours.

Police and Northland SAR were then activated and searched on foot till 2030 hours. Intensive searching was continued for the next three days.

Busy January 2007

Jan 2007 – STOP PRESS – Now FIVE this year, not quite FIVE in FIVE weeks though – Hunter @ Donelly’s Crossing

Searchers scour Pipiwai farm – Jan 2007

Searchers scour Pipiwai farm
Concerned neighbours joined police and search and rescue volunteers to scour bush-clad farmland in search of a missing 76-year-old Northland man yesterday.

Experienced tramper unaware of search alert

Experienced tramper unaware of search alert

A tramper at the centre of a search and rescue alert was yesterday wondering what all the fuss was about. An “embarrassed” Tony Langton, 63, said a search was unnecessary as he had not been lost. He had run out of daylight hours on Wednesday after being forced to back-track in heavy bush, so decided to sleep rough in the Russell Forest and walk out at daylight. He was unaware his absence had sparked a search and rescue operation.

Body recovery puts skills to test – Cliff RESCUE/RECOVERY

A man’s body has been recovered from a Far North cliff face following a difficult night-time search and rescue operation in bad weather.

The Northland Cliff Rescue team from Whangarei was asked to help recover the body with the assistance of police search and rescue, Dept of Conservation, Te Paki residents and members of the mans family.

A tractor and four wheel drive vehicles drove more than two hours in bad weather along muddy tracks and over streams to the top of the cliff at night, Kaitaia police Senior Sergeant Gordon Gunn said.

38-year-old paramedic from Tenby died

Body recovered by Northland Search and Rescue and Police. The 38-year-old paramedic from Tenby died while in the sea in November 2003. Recording an accidental death verdict, Pembrokeshire coroner Michael Howells said had it happened in Wales he would have called for beach warning signs.

The inquest heard that there was “a dangerous spring tide,” hidden rocks below the sea surface and the area was known as hazardous to local fishermen. Despite this, there were no obvious warning signs for anyone unfamiliar with the coast. Mr Phillips had gone into the water late in the afternoon on 9 November. When his body was recovered he had injuries consistent with drowning. An initial inquest was held in New Zealand by coroner Robert Baanders.