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Two climbers were rescued from Mt Tasman early this morning after becoming trapped in a vertical crevasse during their descent.
A rescue team was deployed at first light to search for the pair who were overdue from a climb.
The men, a 23-year-old Australian and a 25-year-old Briton, attained the summit on Saturday, Mid-South Canterbury Area Commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said.
However, they ''got stuck'' on their return and spent two nights in the crevasse awaiting rescue.
The pair were reported missing to the Department of Conservation, and severe weather conditions raised concerns for their welfare.
Both men were ''cold and wet'' but unharmed and have been transported to Mt Cook Village, Insp Gaskin said