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Mother, daughter rescued from cliff

Putangirua Pinnacles in the Wairarapa. Photo / Supplied
Putangirua Pinnacles in the Wairarapa. Photo / Supplied

A mother and daughter have been winched to safety from a rocky ledge on Wairarapa's remote south coast.

The Westpac rescue helicopter rescued the pair from the ledge at the Putangirua Pinnacles, near the North Island's southernmost point of Cape Palliser, after police were alerted about 12.45pm.

Senior constable Tony Matheson of Masterton police said the 48-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter had been been hiking with a family group in the Aorangi Forest Park.

They left the track to explore the area around the Pinnacles - a towering geological formation of eroded rock - and became trapped on a ledge above a steep cliff.

The pair were spotted by a member of the public from a Department of Conservation viewing platform about 500m away.

They were winched to safety by the Westpac rescue helicopter.

Mr Matheson said the weather was calm at the time of the rescue.


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