Sunday 25 September 2016

Climber rescued from New Zealand mountain after alerting UK Coastguard

Published 11/01/2016 | 00:16

The UK Coastguard was alerted, who notified rescuers in New Zealand and a search and rescue helicopter was scrambled
The UK Coastguard was alerted, who notified rescuers in New Zealand and a search and rescue helicopter was scrambled

An English climber had a lucky escape when he was rescued after injuring himself on a remote mountain in New Zealand.

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The 64-year-old mountaineer from Leeds was attempting a solo summit of Mt Mabel, 4.3 miles south of Aoraki Mt Cook on New Zealand's South Island, when the accident happened.

He slipped o n snow on the peak's western slopes and injured a leg on rocks.

The mountaineer activated a personal locator beacon to alert the UK Coastguard, who in turn notified rescuers in New Zealand.

A search and rescue helicopter was scrambled, and with an alpine rescue team from Fox Glacier village on board found the climber in a steep gully at around 10.30pm on Sunday, local time.

Rescuers were lowered to the mountain's slopes and winched the man aboard the helicopter, flying him to Mt Cook village for a medical assessment.

Search and rescue co-ordinator Dave Wilson said: "The helicopter crew have done a great job in reasonably challenging circumstances. While it was a clear, calm night, the man was in a very tight position with little room to move.

"His leg injury is not thought to be serious but he was not able to able to walk without assistance."

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