Vienna - A team of 15 mountain rescuers accompanied by a gynaecologist had to climb 2 500m above sea level to help deliver a baby, police said on Wednesday.

The mother, 30, went into labour in a mountain hut at around 7am on Tuesday, but could not be brought down by helicopter due to bad weather in western Austria's Alps.

“The team managed to bring her down to 2 250 metres where the baby was delivered in a meadow,” a police spokesman told reporters.

“The weather then cleared and a helicopter was able to take them to hospital.” - AFP