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Bad weather halts backpacker search
The search for a backpacker from Gloucestershire who has gone missing in New Zealand has been called off for the second day running because of bad weather.

Hannah Timings, 28, from Cheltenham, and helicopter pilot Campbell Montgomerie lost contact with air traffic controllers on Saturday.

It is feared their helicopter crashed in poor weather.

Five rescue helicopters had been scouring a mountainous area of New Zealand's South Island

Ms Timings's family say they are still hopeful she will be found safe.

Her father has flown out to help in the search.

Ms Timings, who worked as a furniture buyer in London between her travels, had been visiting friends in New Zealand since October.

She was not due to return to the UK until March.

Search for backpacker halted
08 Jan 04  |  Gloucestershire

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