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Rescue operation on Mt Taranaki

Friday 30 Nov 2012 11:26 a.m.

The helicopter was dispatched from Palmerston North (file)

The helicopter was dispatched from Palmerston North (file)

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By Emma Jolliff

A man from Auckland University has got into trouble on Mt Taranaki today.

He activated his personal locator beacon just before 10am and a rescue helicopter has been despatched from Palmerston North.

The man began his ascent of the country’s most-climbed mountain on Tuesday.

The Rescue Coordination Centre says it's not clear what altitude he is at because the terrain is giving fluctuating readings.

Metservice told 3 News that temperatures would be close to freezing at 1000 metres above sea level. These conditions are not expected to affect the rescue effort.

There was a risk of snow flurries overnight as the southerly moved up the country, though that is passing now.

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