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Wellington, New Zealand -
One Australian and one English climber have fallen to their deaths in New Zealand.
Police Inspector Dave Gaskin said on Monday that the two incidents on consecutive days in the Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park were not related and were not due to bad weather. He says they come as a reminder that climbers need to use extreme caution.
On Friday, 36-year-old Duncan Raite died after slipping and falling about 60m from a ridge. The New Zealand-born Australian was planning to do some ski touring. He'd been dropped off by helicopter and was walking to a hut when he fell.
On Saturday, 32-year-old Englishman Robert Buckley fell about 600m while climbing to a small hut on Mount Sefton.
Gaskin said Buckley was wearing crampons but was inexperienced. - Sapa-AP