10 Sep 2014

Climb to rescue injured man in Otago

4:25 pm on 10 September 2014

Two rescuers climbed through the night to reach a climber hurt in a fall near Mount Aspiring in central Otago.

The rescuers climbed from below French Ridge Hut (pictured) in Mount Aspiring National Park.

The rescuers climbed from below French Ridge Hut (pictured) in Mount Aspiring National Park. Photo: PHOTO NZ

The 57-year-old man, who was with his wife and son, suffered chest injuries.

Police say the Rescue Coordination Centre was alerted about 10.30pm last night after the family activated a locator beacon.

Senior Sergeant Dave Scott said poor weather prevented a helicopter from landing so two Search and Rescue personnel climbed from below French Ridge Hut to the site.

He said once the weather cleared, a helicopter was able to land.

The injured man was flown to Wanaka Medical Centre about 8am this morning.

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