25 Dec 2016

Mt Cook rescue team unable to reach climbers

8:34 pm on 25 December 2016

A helicopter has returned to the Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park in a bid to rescue two stranded climbers before dark.

Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park.

Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. Photo: 123rf.com

An emergency beacon was set off by a man and woman shortly after 2pm at the top of the Copland track, 1800 metres high and about 10 kilometres west of Mt Cook.

The Rescue Coordination Centre initially deployed a helicopter to the area, but it was unable to land because of cloud cover.

It said a helicopter had returned to the site and was hoping the cloud cleared before 9pm.

The pair are experienced climbers and well-equipped.