Otago-Southland coroner David Crerar has found Matthew John
Laing (23), soldier, of Alexandra, died in the Rob Roy
Valley, Mount Aspiring National Park, on January 7, 2012, as
a result of injuries from a fall.
His body was found by a helicopter search and rescue team on
a very steep rock face below a series of bluffs on the
western face of Rob Roy.
Written findings from a Coroners Court hearing in Alexandra
in October were released yesterday.
Mr Crerar said it was likely Mr Laing had slipped on loose or
slippery rocks while hunting chamois alone, and had fallen at
least 100m over rocks.
Mr Crerar said it was acceptable for Mr Laing to have been
where he was at the time.
''He was fit. He was experienced. He was well equipped,'' Mr
''Unfortunately, the terrain he was traversing was
''His slight miscalculation has had the tragic consequences
disclosed in evidence.''
Mr Crerar said Mr Laing's injuries from the fall had been