OLYMPIC gold medal winner Mahe Drysdale came to the rescue of a Dutch tourist who fell on Mt Ngauruhoe this week.
Single sculls champion Drysdale was walking the Tongariro Crossing with partner Juliette Haigh and two other rowers when they came across Vincent Vos.
“(He) was in a really bad way,” Drysdale told Fairfax NZ.
“He looked like he had put his back out.
“He couldn’t move to get down off the mountain. He was shaking and getting cold.”
Vos told Drysdale he had been coming down the mountain when he lost control and tumbled forward, cutting himself on the scoria-covered slope.
“There was a lot of blood on his arms and back from the grazes. He was pretty worried and in a lot of pain.”
Drysdale rang 111 and stayed with him until a rescue helicopter arrived.
“We had seen his party further up as we were starting to climb,” Drysdale said. “We probably arrived about five minutes after he fell.
“We were able to make him comfortable and warm to get through the shock. By the time the helicopter arrived he was feeling a lot better, his spirits were up and he was talking.
“It was good to see his condition improve by the time the rescue guys reached him. They were awesome.”