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NC mother, daughter rescued after being lost in New Zealand forest for days

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A North Carolina mother and daughter who got lost while hiking in New Zealand have been rescued by a helicopter crew.

The New Zealand Herald reported that 45-year-old Carolyn Lloyd and 22-year-old Rachel Lloyd rationed their supplies and huddled together for warmth while being lost for four days.

The pair was spotted in Tararua Forest Park by a search helicopter Saturday morning after making “HELP” sings on the ground out of rocks and sticks.

The mother was visiting her daughter while she attends Massey University in New Zealand. They are from Charlotte.

WSOC reported that the two set out on a one-day hike, but they got lost in a rugged section of the park. They have since been airlifted to the hospital where they are reported to be in good health.

“One thing about the New Zealand bush is it often takes people unaware. It’s a little bit steeper and a little bit more rugged than a lot of tourists really expect or plan for,” Sgt. Anthony Harmer of the New Zealand police said.