A Wellington man has helped carry a critically injured woman off a South Island glacier after she broke both her legs.
In an exhausting effort, the man and a male climbing colleague carried the injured Christchurch woman for about 45 minutes last night, through the snow and ice of the Arrowsmith Range, northwest of Mt Hutt, to reach a rescue helicopter.
An avalanche struck just 200 metres from the group as they were walking to the chopper, buffeted by winds of about 40-50 kmh.
Rescuers said the woman needed urgent medical attention and may have died if not for her personal locator beacon.
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