A helicopter crew tasked with recovering a male's body from Mt Harper in Mid-Canterbury has been delayed because of cloudy weather.
A Greymouth rescue helicopter searched the area yesterday afternoon after a woman activated a locator beacon when her partner didn't return from a day trip of climbing the mountain.
Constable Phil Simmonds said it appeared the climber had fallen a "considerable distance".
The woman was taken to the nearby township of Arthur's Pass and is safe and well, he said.
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