A tramper has been swept away while trying to cross a stream
on the Milford Track.
Police said they have grave fears for the 22-year-old woman,
who was walking with her partner when she was caught in the Pompolona
Creek and was swept in to the Clinton River around 3pm
Searchers in a helicopter looked for her this morning and
this afternoon but they failed to locate the tramper.
Police will decide tomorrow whether the search should
continue in light of the severe weather conditions.
Her partner activated an emergency beacon after the incident
and the Rescue Coordination Centre attempted to send a
helicopter to his location however bad weather forced the
helicopter to turn back.
Recent rainfall has made the Pompolona Creek rise and weather
conditions are poor with rain continuing to fall this
afternoon, police said.
A foot search is not feasible, however another aerial search
is expected to go ahead this afternoon.
The woman, whose nationality was not released by police, and
her Australian partner were visiting New Zealand and were
walking the Milford Track after spending some time in
Police said they are working with local Department of
Conservation staff and land search and rescue volunteers.