Helicopters Rescue Stranded Australian Climber From New Zealand Peak

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Helicopters Rescue Stranded Australian Climber From New Zealand Peak

SYDNEY – Helicopter-borne rescuers on Friday lifted an Australian climber off a mountain in New Zealand where he had been trapped in freezing temperatures for three days as bad weather and the risk of avalanches hampered rescue efforts.

Concerns had grown for the safety of Terry Harch, 29, who had been on a solo climb of Mount Aspiring in the South Island, after he triggered a satellite personal tracker device on Tuesday.

“It’s a great result, as we did not want the climber spending another night on the mountain,” Neville Blakemore, an official of New Zealand’s Rescue Coordination Centre, said in a statement.

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