A Chilean man plunged to his death on Saturday while taking a
photo at Bowen Falls in Milford Sound.
The 19-year-man, who has been working as a seasonal worker at
Milford Sound, joined two friends to climb a track above the
161m high Bowen Falls around 5.30pm on Saturday.
''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 about 6.30pm.
The Chilean Embassy had been advised, and the man's name was
expected to be released once next of kin had been advised.
Acting Snr Sgt Kennelly said the death was being treated as
an accident, and had been referred to the coroner.