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A foreign tourist was airlifted to hospital this evening after a large chunk of ice fell on him at Fox Glacier on the South Island's West Coast.

The Czech tourist was on a guided rock climb when he became caught in a rock fall.

He suffered leg and back injuries and was taken to Greymouth Hospital. His condition was not known this evening.

Two Australian brothers were killed in an ice fall at Fox Glacier in January.

Ashish and Akshay Miranda were holidaying with their parents Ronnie and Winnie when they walked beyond warning signs at the glacier and were buried under tonnes of falling ice.

The body of Ashish, 24, was recovered immediately but the body of Akshay, 22, was not found until a week later 10km downstream from the glacier.

A former guide at the glacier warned at the time that better fencing and more signs were needed, as many tourists ignored safety barriers.

- NZPA