17 Jul 2014

Soldier who died in fall named

5:16 pm on 17 July 2014

The name of the Australian soldier who died after falling down a crevasse on Aoraki-Mount Cook has been released by the Australian Defence Force.

Sergeant Gary Francis died during a mountain and cold weather training activity on Wednesday. The 44-year-old was serving with the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.

He was with a party of 10 on a training exercise when he fell in the Grand Plateau area just before 12.30pm on Wednesday.

The soldier was above the Hochstetter icefall, on the east face of the mountain.