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Australia Two Australians killed in New Zealand climbing accident

03:30  07 november  2019
03:30  07 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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TWO experienced Australian climbers killed in a fall off a New Zealand mountain are being remembered for their sense of humour, passion for the TRIBUTES are flowing for two experienced Melbourne climbers killed in a climbing accident in New Zealand 's Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

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a body of water with a mountain in the background: Two Australians have died while climbing in the Remarkables, near Queenstown. © Getty Two Australians have died while climbing in the Remarkables, near Queenstown. Two Australians have been killed in a climbing accident in New Zealand. 

New Zealand Police today named the men as Brett Alexander Lentfer, 62, and James Harry Spaile, 44.

The pair fell an estimated 300 metres to their deaths while climbing in the Remarkables, near Queenstown.

The men's bodies have since been retrieved. Their guide was not injured and raised the alarm.

First responder Chris Prudden, of the Queenstown mountain rescue team, said it appeared the climber's rope had been cut on sharp rocks.

"It would be my assumption that he was involved in it (on the rope)," Mr Prudden told Stuff.

"The initial report I got was ... somehow the rope was cut.

"The ropes are incredibly strong but sharp rocks can do the damage really quickly.

"That's not surprising given the nature of the terrain."

The Remarkables mountain range is a popular skiing and climbing destination.

More to come.

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