NZ tramper rescued after going missing in US national park

A New Zealand tramper, Claire Nelson, has been rescued after going missing in a national park between two deserts in southern California.

Claire Nelson, who was found in Joshua Tree National Park with a suspected broken pelvis. Photo: Facebook / Joshua Tree National Park

Ms Nelson, 36, had intended to hike to the Lost Palms Oasis in Joshua Tree National Park, between the Mojave and Colorado deserts.

She had earlier told a friend about her plans, but failed to return as planned on Wednesday, 23 May (local time).

She was reported missing on Friday.

Her vehicle was found in the carpark at the Lost Palms Oasis/Mastodon Peak trailhead.

Searchers found her, with a shattered pelvis, after she was able to make a distress signal that was seen by a helicopter crew, National Park Service spokesman George Land told KESQ News.

She had been flown to hospital for treatment.

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