Hunter falls down waterfall while chasing pig


A 70 year old Nelson pig hunter has been airlifted to Nelson Hospital after falling down a 10 metre waterfall, reported the Greymouth Star.

The hunter was reportedly in “hot pursuit of his prey” at around 1pm today when he fell down the waterfall, knocking himself unconscious and breaking his leg.

He and his two brothers were hunting in the Buller Gorge.

The Star reported NZCC Rescue Helicopter pilot Angus Taylor as saying the group’s dogs were on the trail of a pig when it disappeared through a mass of thick scrub.

“They were trying to get through it and he dropped eight to 10m to the bottom,” Mr Taylor told the Star.

While it was a long fall, it was not a steep, vertical drop.

The man was flown to Nelson Hospital.