Australian tramper found

Found: Australian tramper Robert Galdamez walks into Queenstown's Lakes District Hospital from an ambulance PICTURE: BLAIR PATTINSON

The Australian tourist missing on Ben Lomond, near Queenstown, has been rescued early this morning.

According to a police media spokeswoman, 25-year-old Robert Galdamez “was located at 12.20am by the search team, using trained SAR dogs, near the summit of Ben Lomond”.

“He was treated for hypothermia at Lakes District Hospital.”

In an emailed statement, police say: “Mr Galdamez is yet to be spoken to by police about his ordeal, but he was found wet and cold.”

The Otago Daily Times understands Galdamez was transported by helicopter to the Frankton hospital.

A witness told the ODT he saw him ”walk into the ambulance”.

Last night, before he was found, about 20 search and rescue staff, with dogs and a helicopter equipped with night vision equipment, continued to comb the mountain.

Galdamez had been missing for about 30 hours.

Yesterday his partner Tim Heritage said Galdamez was no stranger to tramping, but he was ”fearing the worst”.

Otago Daily Times