Trampers rescued after SOS text

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 13:15 23/12/2013
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LATEST: Two Israeli trampers were rescued from Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park shortly before 10.30 this morning.

The men, aged 22 and 28, were tramping from the Hooker Valley to the Tasman Valley yesterday when one fell and injured his ankle pulled back muscles, and scraped his chin.

Twizel Senior Constable Les Andrew said the two men spent the night below Ball Pass and waited to assess whether they could continue.

Police responded to a call for help after the trampers sent a text message at 9am to another friend in New Zealand, who called the search team for them.

Mr Andrew said the rescue involving a Heli-line helicopter and the Mt Cook Alpine rescue team was straight forward, although it was a "wee bit" windy.

Once rescued, the men were checked by St John and did not require further medical attention.

Mr Andrew said the pair were well prepared for their trip but their footwear was not. The two are now travelling to Queenstown, where they planned to spend New Years.

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- The Timaru Herald

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