Search for Mt Taranaki climbers
"Search for Mt Taranaki climbers becomes a rescue and
recovery operation "
The search for the two missing
climbers on Mt Taranaki has now turned into a rescue and
recovery operation. Search teams spent the night on the
mountain at altitude trying to locate the two missing
Their efforts were significantly hampered by
the conditions and they were forced to return to the forward
staging area at Tahurangi Lodge at 0400 hrs. Area Commander,
Inspector Blair Telford says "A fresh search team was
deployed at approximately 0330 hrs and reached the two
climbers at 0730 hrs. Unfortunately, one of the climbers had
passed away during the night. All efforts are now focused on
getting the surviving climber off the mountain and on
providing further medical assistance. "
The deceased is
a 31 year old male.
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