Searchers find body in Nelson Lakes Park

Last updated 17:45 27/12/2013
Andrew Ian Wyatt
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MISSING: Andrew Wyatt was heading to Arthurs Pass.

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Searchers looking for missing British tramper Andrew Wyatt have recovered a body found at the bottom of a 100-metre cliff.

The body is yet to be formally identified, but police said it was found in the Nelson Lakes National Park below the Lake Constance Bluff.

The location was on Andrew Ian Wyatt's intended route between Blue Lake Hut and Waiau Pass.

Search teams and communications equipment were flown into the park today as alpine search experts began a hunt for the missing 41-year-old.

Wyatt's parents in Cornwall, England have not heard from him since December 12.

Wyatt arrived in New Zealand on November 21 with the intention of walking the Te Araroa Trail, which links tramping routes from Cape Reinga to Bluff. The last known sighting of him was on December 15, when he left Blue Lake Hut about 6am.

The area between Wyatt's last sighting and his next intended destination was "one of the more remote and difficult parts" of the trail, said Sherp Tucker, the training officer for Search and Rescue Nelson.

"It's rugged, it's remote and the weather can change so much. It's a frequent place for the rescue helicopter to go to beacon activations for people who are hurt."

 

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