2 Dec 2016

Climber seriously injured in fall

8:01 pm on 2 December 2016

A climber has serious injuries after falling a considerable distance in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

Aoraki/Mt Cook from the Hooker Valley.

Aoraki/Mt Cook from the Hooker Valley. Photo: PHOTO NZ

The man set off his emergency locator beacon last night, but he was not found until this morning.

He was climbing Mount Elie de Beaumont with three others when he fell.

Rescue team spokesperson Vince Cholewa said a helicopter responded last night but could not land safely.

He said it returned this morning and an Alpine Cliff Rescue Team managed to reach the man.

"They stabilised the climber and at about 8.30, flew him to Franz Josef, where another helicopter was waiting, and the injured climber was transferred to Christchurch Hospital. We understand the injuries are serious, but not critical."

Meanwhile, the body of another climber who fell to their death on Mount Harper, in Mid-Canterbury, has been recovered.

The climber fell on a day trip up Mount Harper.

The climber fell on a day trip up Mount Harper yesterday. Photo: 123RF

In that incident, the man's climbing partner alerted police yesterday afternoon, after he failed to return from a day trip.

A helicopter crew found what was believed to be his body, but could not retrieve it at the time.

Police said formal identification was under way. Police were in touch with his next of kin.

It appeared he fell a long way, police said.

A coroner would investigate the death.

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs