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Tramper became separated from friends before fatal fall - police

Police believe a missing tramper whose body was found on a mountain in Arthur's Pass yesterday had taken a fall after becoming separated from two companions.

Police continue to make inquiries following the death of the man on Mount Lancelot, Search and Rescue coordinator Sergeant Phil Simmonds said today.

The man, who was tramping with two friends, arrived at Crow Hut at about mid-morning on Saturday, Mr Simmonds said.

The trio decided to climb Mt Lancelot and set off along Jellicoe Ridge towards Mount Guinevere, but they became separated when one pushed forward and another lagged behind.

A personal locator beacon was set off at about 7.20pm on Saturday when the man failed to return to Crow Hut.

Searchers located his body about two kilometres north of the hut at about 3.20pm yesterday.

While cause of death will be determined by the coroner, the man appears to have taken a fall, Mr Simmonds said.

Weather is not thought to have been a factor, he said.

The man’s name will be released once next-of-kin notifications have been completed, he added.

Arthurs Pass village Source: Wikimedia Commons