Search on for missing Britsh tramper

Andrew Wyatt.
Andrew Wyatt.
Teams of expert alpine searchers are today being flown into the Nelson Lakes National Park to begin a ground search for missing British tramper Andrew Ian Wyatt.

Bad weather has prevented searchers getting to the area before today.

Four ground teams, one dog team and a communications team were being flown by Air Force Iroquois, search co-ordinator Constable Dave Cogger said.

It was not expected that any information would come out of the search area until later today.

The search would start from Blue Lake towards Waiau Pass and Moss Pass.

All of the search and rescue volunteers will remain in the area until Sunday if required, when it was expected the weather would again deteriorate.

Mr Cogger said he was in daily contact with Mr Wyatt's parents in Cornwall, who were extremely concerned for their son's welfare. British police were providing support for the family.

Mr Wyatt arrived in New Zealand on November 21 with the intention of walking the Te Araroa Trail, which linked tramping routes from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

The last known sighting of him was on December 15 when he left Blue Lake Hut about 6am, Mr Cogger said.

Police were very keen to speak to anyone who was tramping in the Blue Lake, Sabine Valley, D'Urville Valley area of Nelson Lakes National Park between December 13 and 19.

Mr Wyatt had failed to fill in log books at Department of Conservation huts, Mr Cogger said.

Mr Wyatt is 180cm tall, with ginger hair and was carrying light equipment.


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