Briton dies in New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
Image caption Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park has the highest mountains in New Zealand

A British climber has fallen 2,000ft to his death on a mountain in New Zealand, police there have said.

Robert Buckley, 32, died while climbing to a hut on Mount Sefton in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on Saturday.

Police inspector Dave Gaskin said Mr Buckley was well equipped at the time but was an inexperienced climber.

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."

Extreme caution

Mr Buckley, originally from Essex in the UK, lived in New Zealand, says the Press Association news agency.

His body was recovered by a team of rescuers on Sunday afternoon after attempts on Saturday were unsuccessful, according to local media reports.

Three climbers with Mr Buckley were said to have been rescued after spending the night on the mountain. They were were released after a medical examination.

Mr Buckley's death came a day after 36-year-old Duncan Rait was killed after slipping and falling 200ft from a ridge in the same national park.

The New Zealander, who lived in Australia, had been been dropped off by helicopter and was walking to a hut when he fell in the Tasman Glacier area.

Inspector Gaskin said the deaths were a reminder that climbers needed to use extreme caution.

"I can't speak for the first death but in this case it looks like to be a lack of experience," he told the Timaru Herald.

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