A second attempt to rescue two climbers by helicopter, after
they were stuck on Mt Taranaki overnight, has failed.
The pair are huddled in a snowcave they dug for themselves to
shelter from the poor weather conditions which have swamped
the mountain since last night.
Two others who were also stranded on the mountain managed to
walk down by themselves this morning. They have since been
taken to hospital with mild hypothermia and minor cuts and
The experienced climbers still stuck on the mountain, close
to the summit, are communicating with police via text
Efforts to reach them by helicopter this morning were
hampered by poor weather.
Mike Parker, a pilot with the Taranaki Community Rescue
Helicopter, said a second attempt this afternoon had also
"We've gone and had another look, conditions have definitely
improved but it's pretty windy up there," he said.
"We were buffered around a lot and visibility at the top is
still very cloudy.
"Unfortunately we weren't successful at this stage, so we'll
wait for it to improve a bit more."
Search and rescue teams set out this morning on foot to try
to reach the stranded climbers, and are still making their
way up the mountain. However, Mr Parker said he would like to
reach the pair by helicopter to ensure they can be brought
"Personally, fingers crossed for this evening, the forecast
looks to be a bit better, and I would like to get this done
before the sun goes down," he said.
- Patrice Dougan, APNZ