Tourists 'narrowly' avoid second tragedy

Last updated 21:23 12/05/2012
Pilot Nat Every, crewman Mark Bond and five 'very happy' young hikers.
Youthtown Rescue Helicopter
GOOD OUTCOME: Pilot Nat Every, crewman Mark Bond and five 'very happy' young hikers.

Relevant offers

National News

Hit put on cop, wife charged Three hurt in Kaimai crash Cyclist dies at Queenstown mountain biking park Secret death panel planned Small quake hits south of Christchurch Body recovered in Tolaga Bay Weekend of carnage on Waikato roads Under-achieving schools' principals to get salary top-up Firearms arrests made in Levin Stockcar star Brett Loveridge injured in Napier-Taupo crash

Five young tourists have been rescued from an icy-cliff on Mt Ngauruhoe, avoiding what could have been the second fatal tragedy to hit the region today.

A rescue helicopter spokesman said the American men, aged in their early twenties, were lucky to be alive as weather was deteriorating on the mountain.

The group became stranded on an icy cliff face, just below the summit of the mountain, after spending a full day hiking.

Taupo’s youthtown rescue helicopter found the men just after sundown.

The five were uninjured.

However, one man who had became soaked after falling earlier was forced to huddle in his sleeping bag to prevent hypothermia, the spokesman said.

With bad weather on its way, he said it was likely the tourists would have died if not found by the helicopter.

Taupo’s youthtown rescue helicopter also responded to a fatal car accident this morning.

Three Boston University students died when the van they were travelling veered off the road and rolled near Turangi.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content