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Climbers' bodies recovered in Fiordland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/04/2017

A police search and rescue team has recovered the bodies of two overdue climbers from an area below Marian Peak in Fiordland. © Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A police search and rescue team has recovered the bodies of two overdue climbers from an area below Marian Peak in Fiordland. The bodies of two climbers have been recovered by a Southland police search and rescue team in Fiordland.

The bodies were recovered on Tuesday from an area below Marian Peak in the Darran Mountains.

Sergeant Tod Hollebon, from Te Anau police, says the climbers were 24 hours overdue when they were reported missing on Monday afternoon.

A helicopter search on Monday night found the bodies at the base of a climbing face.

"They had clearly suffered a fall," Sgt Hollebon said.

The pair had left Homer Huts near the Milford Road on Saturday and their intended route was Barrier Knob to Barrier Peak and a descent into Marian Valley before climbing Marian Peak.

Police are contacting their next of kin.

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