Climber dies after falling into gully on Mt Ngāuruhoe – New Zealand Herald

The man was climbing with a group when the accident happened. Photo / File

A man has died on Mt Ngāuruhoe after falling into a gully while climbing with a group of mountaineers.

The man’s body was recovered late this morning and there is now a rāhui in place on the mountain.

Police were notified yesterday of the fall by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand after a personal locator beacon activation was received.

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Although quickly located by the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s body was uplifted successfully in a coordinated effort by police and members of the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation using a helicopter.

Acting Senior Sergeant Shane McNally thanked everyone involved in the recovery efforts last night and this morning.

“While this is a tragic outcome, we are glad we can bring his body home for his loved ones and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

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The man’s death has been referred to the coroner.

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