Department of Defence statement on behalf of the family of Mr Harch
5 August 2018
The Department of Defence would like to provide the following statement on behalf of the family of Mr Harch.
“We wish to express our deep gratitude and thanks to New Zealand authorities and volunteer services in rescuing and caring for Mr Harch. We would particularly like to thank the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre, Wanaka Alpine Cliff Rescue and Mount Cook Cliff Rescue for their work in saving his life. Without these rescue services and their dedicated staff, he might not have survived. We would also like to express our thanks to the staff and doctors of the Dunedin Hospital who have cared for Mr Harch and assisted in his recovery.
We also extend our sincere thanks to the staff at the Australian High Commission in New Zealand for their assistance during this time.
Mr Harch wishes to return to his duties as an officer in the Australian Army as quickly as possible and has asked for media to respect his privacy at this time.”
Defence wishes to advise there will be no further comment from the family at this time.