16 Aug 2008

Climbers alive and well

12:04 pm on 16 August 2008

Six Australian climbers missing in the Mt Cook National Park, have been found alive and well.

The Rescue Coordination Centre says they were located by a search helicopter at 9.45am on Saturday and taken to Mt Cook village in high spirits.

All have been checked by medical staff and are well with no injuries.

A personal emergency beacon was activated at about 10pm on Thursday in the Metelille Glacier area on the western side of the Sealy Range.

A helicoper search resumed there on Saturday morning.

The climbers had not been seen for a week. They were due back at Mt Cook village on Friday.

Australian media report the party consists of two women and four men from Sydney aged in their 30s.