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
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
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
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