Body of Kiwi man not found for days

  • 17/07/2015
(Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

The body of a New Zealander lay undiscovered on an English mountain for four days because his hotel did not realise he was missing, an inquest has been told.

Michael Flanagan, an expatriate banker who lived in London, fell to his death while climbing the 950-metre Helvellyn mountain in the Lake District alone in January.

Before the 45-year-old left on the trek, he handed a note to hotel staff asking them to call if he hadn't returned later in the afternoon.

The alarm was only raised when employees at the hotel realised he hadn't checked out of his room, three days later, the Cockermouth Coroner's Court was told this week.

Coroner David Roberts says emergency services would not have been able to help Mr Flanagan, even if he was reported missing on the day, due to the nature of his fatal injuries, the Daily Mail reports.

It was highly likely he fell near the summit of the mountain as he looked over a snowy ledge.

"I can't be sure what happened but given where he was found it is likely he has gone to the edge to look down at the view or look for a route down and fallen through the snow down the slope," Mr Roberts said.

"That is a matter of speculation but perfectly plausible."

NZN