25 Aug 2014

Young man dead after Mt Aspiring fall

6:12 pm on 25 August 2014

A Dunedin man is dead after falling while climbing in Mt Aspiring National Park while his companion has been rescued in a daring night-time mission.

Mount Aspiring

Mount Aspiring Photo: RNZ / Steve Wilde

The two men were climbing last night when one fell and died while descending the mountain.

An emergency locator beacon was set off and rescuers, using night vision gear, found a 21-year-old man had died. The other man was taken to Wanaka by helicopter.

The 21-year-old's body was found in an area known as The Ramp, a notorious crossing on the mountain that has claimed several lives in the past 10 years.

Southern Lakes Helicopters operations manager Lloyd Matheson said the search and rescue effort began shortly before 9pm last night.

"The light source was obviously a climber in a bit of a predicament. Of course, we couldn't talk to him but by hand signals, he was indicating something else had happened. He kept pointing down the mountain. So, a short period of time just searching below where this guy was, we picked up a person's body."

The two climbers had reached the summit during the day and were descending when the incident happened.

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