15 Aug 2008

Alert for climbers on Mt Cook

11:55 am on 15 August 2008

Poor weather is preventing a search being made for six climbers in Mt Cook National Park.

The climbers, who were intending to traverse Annette Plateau from Barron Saddle to Mueller Hut, set off a personal emergency beacon just after 10pm on Thursday.

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre says an attempt was made to send a helicopter from Christchurch, but the weather was too poor.

The Department of Conservation believes the six are Australian.