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Canadian climber rescued

DATE: 12 August 2013 TIME: 3.25 pm

Canadian climber rescued

A solo Canadian climber has been rescued after becoming stuck on the side of a ravine at the edge of the Goldney Glacier on the eastern side of Mt Rolleston, near Arthur’s Pass.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) detected a United States-registered personal locator beacon (PLB) just after noon today and the NZCC rescue helicopter from Greymouth arrived on the scene at around 1.20pm.

RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Greg Johnston said after assessing the situation the helicopter flew to Arthur’s Pass to pick up a member of the cliff rescue team before returning to winch the woman to safety.

“She was unharmed but was in an extremely precarious position, and unable to move,” Mr Johnston said.

“It was a quite a challenging rescue but well executed by the helicopter crew.”

NOTE TO MEDIA – No details are available on the age or hometown of the woman.


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