Missing Australians rescued from New Zealand mountain

August 16th, 2008 - 11:52 am ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Aug 16 (DPA) Six Australian mountaineers trapped in bad weather while climbing New Zealand’s Southern Alps were airlifted to safety Saturday by a search and rescue helicopter. The four men and two women from Sydney were reported to be well when they were flown to the village at the foot of 3,745-metre Mount Cook.

They were found on a glacier after a brief break in the weather allowed a helicopter to take off and hone in on an emergency beacon that the group activated Thursday night when they ran into difficulties.

Heavy snow, low clouds and extreme avalanche risks prevented a full-scale air-and-ground search Friday when the helicopter with a specialist alpine rescue team was put on stand by in the Mount Cook village.

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