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Mountain climber hit by boulder

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/01/2017

A man has been taken to hospital after being struck by a falling boulder while climbing a North Island mountain.

A rescue helicopter was dispatched to Mount Ngauruhoe at about noon on Tuesday after reports a 21-year-old man had been hit in the head by a rock rolling off the mountain, Senior Constable Barry Shepherd said.

He said man was helped by other climbers, including a one who was a doctor, until rescuers could arrive.

He was flown to Rotorua Hospital.

"Police recommend that helmets should be worn when attempting to climb what is a busy mountain," Const Shepherd said.

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