Two teenage boys have been rescued from a collapsed snow cave on Mt Ruapehu.
The boys were with a group snow caving near Delta Corner at the Whakapapa Ski Field yesterday afternoon.
They were both buried when their cave collapsed, police said.
Emergency services were called and National Park police initiated a rescue operation involving staff from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, St John and the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation.
Other members of the snow caving party saw the collapse and immediately tried to rescue them.
"The first boy was excavated within a few minutes and the second only a couple of minutes later," police said.
An alpine-trained St John paramedic was driven to site on a snow mobile to provide medical assistance.
"Fortunately both boys had good air pockets and suffered no injuries from the incident."
National Park police would be talking to members of the party this morning to clarify what happened.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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