Avalanche on Mt Taranaki injures two
Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:53a.m.
Two climbers have dug themselves out of an avalanche on Mt Taranaki, not long after reaching the summit 2500m up.
A police spokesperson says the avalanche was minor and two rescue helicopters were on the scene to take the injured people to Taranaki Base Hospital. Emergency services were contacted at about 11am this morning.
One rescue helicopter delivered medical assistance, while another came from Taupo to winch the men to safety.
The two men, in their 30s and 40s, suffered an ankle injury and an injured shoulder, respectively.
Weather conditions were good, meaning the helicopter operation was unproblematic.
A search team was called out to make sure no one else was injured after the avalanche, but police say they have no reports of any others missing.
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17/06/2012 3:54:49 p.m.
Michael R wrote:
Helicopters have been flying over my house which is kilometers away from Mt Taranaki, I think the men aged 37 & 40 are at Taranaki Base Hospital now, this story has made international headlines...
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