Aoraki/Mt Cook avalanche: One dead, one injured, one left behind

  • 30/11/2018

A hiker is dead after an avalanche struck on Aoraki/Mt Cook on Thursday afternoon.

Three hikers were caught in the avalanche when it struck the Eugenie Glacier, just below the Footstool mountain peak, at 1:30pm.

One person escaped with minor injuries, and police said a third hiker stayed behind at the Sefton Bivouac hut.

It comes just over a month after two mountain guides died in an avalanche on Mt Hicks.

Martin Hess, 50, and Wolfgang Maier, 58, were killed after becoming caught in the avalanche when it struck Mt Hicks on the western side of Aoraki/Mt Cook in October.

The lone survivor - Jo Morgan, wife of entrepreneur and former politician Gareth Morgan - managed to dig herself out and was rescued.


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