A Chilean man plunged to his death after taking a photograph
at Bowen Falls, in Milford Sound.
The 19-year-old, who has been working as a seasonal worker in
Milford Sound, joined two friends to climb a track above the
161m high Bowen Falls about 5.30pm yesterday.
"It is believed that one of the members of the party was
taking photographs when he slipped and fell some distance to
the base of the falls,'' Acting Senior Sergeant David
Kennelly, of Invercargill, said.
His friends tried unsuccessfully to locate the man, before
rushing to raise the alarm at the nearby Milford village.
Emergency services including the Milford Emergency Response
Team searched the area in the dark.
The man's body was located in the water near the base of the
falls around 6.30pm.
The body was flown by helicopter to Te Anau.
The Chilean Embassy had been advised, and his name is
expected to be released once next of kin have been notified.
Acting Snr Sgt Kennelly said the death was being treated as
an accident, and had been referred to the coroner.