Bodies of two Mt Cook climbers recovered

  • 02/01/2016
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The bodies of two foreign climbers who fell to their death in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park have been recovered.

The experienced pair were last heard from via a radio call on December 28 and their bodies were found on New Year's Day at the bottom of a steep face on the eastern slopes of the 3300m Mt Silberhorn.

Department of Conservation rescue teams recovered the bodies in the evening, Area Commander Dave Gaskin said.

The climbers were from overseas and their families were being informed, he said.

The pair had been camping high up the mountain, the seventh-highest in the country, but failed to return from their climb, sparking a search.

They had fallen a considerable distance.

They fell close to where they had been camping and were roped together, Fairfax reported.

The deaths have been referred to the coroner.

Four people have died in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park since last November.

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