Published Monday, 16 September 2013
Those involved were climbing in ice-capped mountains in New Zealand. (© Getty)
The foursome were climbing Mount Sefton in the Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park when one of their group slipped on ice, despite wearing crampons, and was tragically killed in the 2,000-foot fall.
Robert Buckley, 31, was originally from Essex but lived in Christchurch.
His body was recovered on Sunday, after a number of failed attempts on Saturday.
The rest of the group were brought to safety by rescuers on Sunday and underwent medical examinations before being released.
Police in New Zealand have urged climbers to be cautious.
"There was a lot of snow and ice in very steep conditions," lnspector Dave Gaskin said.
"It appears as if the party were insufficiently equipped and inexperienced for the climb they had undertaken."
The British Foreign Office is providing consular assistance to Mr Buckley's family.
His death was the second in as many days in the same national park.
On Friday, 36-year-old New Zealander Duncan Rait slipped and fell 200 feet after being dropped off by helicopter in the Tasman Glacier area.
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