16 Oct 2009

Scottish tourist 'lucky' to survive glacier fall

9:09 pm on 16 October 2009

A Scottish tourist who fell 30 metres down a bluff has been rescued from Franz Josef Glacier.

Search and rescue staff say two men walking the steep track to Alex Knob took a shortcut on the way back and strayed from the track.

One of the men, Graeme Campbell, fell down the bluff and his companion walked for two hours to raise the alarm. A helicopter winched Mr Campbell out on Thursday night.

Police say Mr Campbell is very lucky to be alive. The men were not adequately equipped and did not have the necessary skills to be in that type of country, they say.

Mr Campbell, 21, suffered a broken pelvis, broken arm and head injuries. He is recovering in Christchurch hospital.