Climber killed after falling 800 metres

File photo / Simon Baker
File photo / Simon Baker

A climber has been killed after falling from the Homer Saddle near Te Anau today.

Te Anau police said the 50-year-old New Zealand male had slipped on a ridge and fell about 800 metres.

Police were informed of the fall mid-morning and located the missing man who was discovered to be dead. Adverse weather meant they could not immediately recover the body.

Police said another attempt to recover the climber would be made this morning with assistance from the Alpine Mountain Rescue and local Search and rescue members.

He had been climbing with two other companions.

Police would not release his name until his next of kin has been notified.

- OTAGO DAILY TIMES

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