Czech Tourist Saved After 30 Days In New Zealand

Pavlina Pizova

A Czech hiker, Pavlina Pizova and her husband went on a hiking trail in New Zealand went missing, her partner died in an accident and she had to survive for 30 days in the wilderness.


Bad weather forced them to stay in the open for one night, her partner 27 year old Petr slipped in a ice slope and died as they were looking for shelter.


Pavlina Pizova said, “”The conditions were extreme. We encountered heavy snowfall and low cloud which contributed to our enforced overnighting in the open.”


She said that she spent the whole night with the body because she did not want to leave it and then she moved on to find a hut where she spent the next thirty days waiting to be rescued.


The rescuers found their car in the snow and Pavlina was spotted by a helicopter, she had taken shelter in the warden’s hut near Lake Mackenzie.


The body of Petr has been recovered almost 2 kilometers away from the hut.


The police inspector Olaf Jensen said, “She managed to reach him. However, it’s believed he died not long after.”


Pavlina told the police that she tried to leave the hut many times but the condition of her feet did not allowed her, she had written the letter H on the snow to signal rescuers.


Olaf Jensen further said,  it was “very unusual for someone to be missing in the New Zealand bush for such a long period without it being reported. I appreciate there are a number of unanswered questions, however, until we can piece together exactly what has happened we are unable to say anything further.”



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