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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bravery Awards: Mountain men honoured in deadly blizzard rescue

LSAR Bravery Awards: Mountain men honoured in deadly blizzard rescue

"Six years ago Hugo Verhagen and his Search and Rescue colleagues, Shaun Campbell and Kerry Palmer, faced some of the most punishing conditions experienced on the Kaimanawa Ranges.

But the thought of three stranded trampers perishing from hypothermia - atop an exposed ridge more than 10km away - trumped any idea of turning back for their own safety.

"I'm pretty pleased we made that call to continue," Mr Verhagen told the Weekend Herald soon after learning of his award for bravery."

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