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New Zealand: British Climber Killed In Fall
A British man has been killed after falling around 2,000ft while climbing in New Zealand.
Robert Buckley, 32, was climbing to a small hut on Mount Sefton in the Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park on Saturday.
He was wearing crampons but was inexperienced, local police inspector Dave Gaskin said.
His body was recovered by a team of rescuers on Sunday afternoon after previous attempts proved unsuccessful.
Three climbers who were with Mr Buckley were rescued after spending the night on the mountain.
They were also released after being examined by medics.
Mr Gaskin said: "There was a lot of snow and ice in very steep conditions.
"It appears as if the party were insufficiently equipped and inexperienced for the climb they had undertaken."
Mr Buckley's death came a day after 36-year-old Duncan Raite died when he slipped and fell around 200ft from a ridge in the same national park.
The New Zealand-born man, who lived in Australia, had been dropped off by helicopter and was walking to a hut when he fell in the Tasman Glacier area.
Mr Gaskin said the deaths were a reminder that climbers needed to use extreme caution.
He said: "I can't speak for the first death, but in this case it looks like to be a lack of experience."
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the death of a British man in New Zealand.
"We are providing consular assistance at this time."