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Climbers rescued from Southern Alps

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/12/2016

Two climbers in trouble high on the Copland Track in the Southern Alps have been airlifted in a night rescue.

The man and woman set off an emergency locator beacon just after 2pm on Christmas Day.

A first attempt to rescue them from their location around 1800m up on the West Coast side of the main divide of the alps was abandoned due to cloud cover.

However, a second flight on Sunday as darkness was descending was successful with the female found with head injuries, the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand says.

"This was a marvellous job by the helicopter team as darkness had set in," senior search and rescue officer Chris Wilson says.

The pair are understood to be experienced climbers.

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