Three climbers were rescued from Mt Taranaki on Sunday following an avalanche. Despite carrying most of the necessary equipment, the three men were reportedly inexperienced. If you or a client are planning a hiking expedition in snowy conditions, this article is worth a read.

From Stuff

Climbers hit by avalanche during Mt Taranaki rescue operation

“While the rescue helicopter was preparing to take off to head to the scene, the trio were hit by the avalanche,” a police spokesman said.

The men, who spoke no English, used cell phones to contact family members from the mountain during the avalanche and the family members then contacted emergency services.

The relatives and a police interpreter based in Wellington were able to communicate with the men as debris continued to fall during the rescue.

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