Rescue teams train for avalanche

20:08, Jun 16 2014
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PRACTISING RESCUE: LandSAR Alpine Rescue teams participate in an avalanche training exercise in Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park on Saturday.

An avalanche training exercise in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park involved 20 LandSAR Alpine Rescue staff practising potential scenarios.

Rescuers involved in Saturday's exercise were members of LandSAR Alpine Rescue teams from Fox Glacier, Christchurch, Mt Cook, Twizel and New Plymouth.

One simulated incident played out near Pioneer Hut on Fox Glacier, high in the park, consisted of four climbers buried in an avalanche, with one of the "victims" pushed into a deep crevasse.

As well as the rescue teams, four helicopters, including a New Zealand Air Force Iroquois, were involved.

Weather conditions were perfect. Mountain guide Jane Morris, from Mt Cook, ran the exercise, with all victims recovered in a timely manner.


The Timaru Herald