Stranded climbers rescued in Fiordland

00:57, Oct 23 2012
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RESCUED: Danny Murphy from Ireland and Thierry Thouvard, of France.

Two foreign climbers have been rescued by helicopter after being stranded on a mountain in Fiordland overnight.

Police launched a rescue operation about 7.30am after being notified two male climbers needed help at Mt Crosscut, about 5km from the Homer Tunnel.

The pair, Danny Murphy from Ireland and Thierry Thouvard, of France, had failed to return from their climb last night.

Acting senior sergeant Phil Berryman, of Invercargill police, said a man had initially called police by satellite phone about the climbers.

The caller could see the two men waving, so they appeared okay, he said.

The climbers were rescued by Southern Lakes Helicopters this morning.

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