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Australia Two Australians plunge to their deaths after falling hundreds of metres in a horror climbing accident in New Zealand

10:35  07 november  2019
10:35  07 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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their deaths after falling hundreds of metres in a horror climbing accident in New Zealand . Two Australians have died after plunging hundreds of metres from a mountain in New 44, were killed after their ropes were severed during a climb near Queenstown on New Zealand 's South Island.

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Two Australians have died after plunging hundreds of metres from a mountain in New Zealand on Wednesday.

Brett Alexander Lentfer, 62, and James Harry Spaile, 44, were killed after their ropes were severed during a climb near Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island.

They were attempting a challenging route across the top of the Remarkables mountain range, along with a guide, who was unharmed.

a large body of water: Brett Alexander Lentfer, 62, and James Harry Spaile, 44, were killed after their ropes were severed during a climb in the Remarkables mountain range (pictured) near Queenstown on New Zealand 's South Island© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Brett Alexander Lentfer, 62, and James Harry Spaile, 44, were killed after their ropes were severed during a climb in the Remarkables mountain range (pictured) near Queenstown on New Zealand 's South Island

Police said the two men, who were part of a trip navigating the Grand Traverse route, fell from 'the side of a cliff face'.

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Two men from Australia died this week following a climbing accident near the city of Queenstown in New Zealand 's South Island, New Zealand Police said on Thursday. Brett Alexander Lentfer, 62, and James Harry Spaile, 44, died after they fell off a cliff about midday on Wednesday, the police said.

The men are understood to have plunged 300 metres to their deaths.

The climb crosses the summits of Single Cone and Double Cone and takes roughly eight to 12 hours to complete.

Mr Spailes' body were recovered on Wednesday afternoon and Mr Lentfer's reached at 8am on Thursday, Stuff reported.

Police said they were unable to recover the latter until Thursday as 'large hunks of snow' were falling from the mountainside and hampering rescue efforts.

Queenstown mountain rescue team first responder Chris Prudden told Brisbane Times sharp rocks may have cut the rope.

'The initial report I got was ... somehow the rope was cut,' he said.

'The ropes are incredibly strong but sharp rocks can do the damage really quickly. That's not surprising given the nature of the terrain.'

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He added the weather may have played a part in the tragic incident.

'It was very warm, a little bit of cloud wafting around the peak, and the snow was very soft and could be called unstable on areas of the Grand Traverse, although it's mostly rock exposed there now. That weak snow may well have been a component,' he said.

a close up of a map: They were attempting a challenging route across the top of the Remarkables mountain range near Queenstown, along with a guide, who was unharmed© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited They were attempting a challenging route across the top of the Remarkables mountain range near Queenstown, along with a guide, who was unharmed

The Grand Traverse is regarded as one of the best settings for climbing in the country.

Even so the alpine region is so dangerous that it is only recommended for experienced climbers.

Mr Prudden noted once climbers began the ascent the only way to come down was to finish the course.

He said it was just a matter of time before a fall happened as there had been several rescues in the area.

'Over the summer months there's a hell of a lot of people that go along there, a hell of a lot of people who solo along there, treating the place unfortunately way too casual,' he said.

Though he admitted he was surprised the incident happened with an experienced guide.

'It's just a worse-case scenario.'

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