Rescue operation for stranded climbers

Irishman and Frenchman safe

ALANA DIXON
Last updated 09:26 23/10/2012
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Climbers rescued by Southern Lakes Helicopters from Mt Crosscut in Fiordland's Darran Mountains, Irishman Danny Murphy, left, and Thierry Thouvard, of France.

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Two climbers have been rescued by police after being stranded in Fiordland overnight.

Acting senior sergeant Phil Berryman, of Invercargill, said police launched a rescue operation after they were notified about 7.30am today that two experienced male climbers needed assistance at Mt Crosscut, about 5km from the Homer Tunnel.

The pair were expected to return from their climb last night but police ''had a call to say there was a climber that needed to be rescued''.

The man who called police by satellite phone could see the two climbers waving, so they appeared to be okay, Mr Berryman said.

A helicopter was used to rescue the pair.

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