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Woman Killed After Alpine Fall Named

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Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Police have named a woman climber killed in a fall on Mitre Peak in Milford Sound, Fiordland, yesterday

She was Lynne Marie Osborne, 46, of Dunedin.

Ms Osborne was climbing in the area with a male companion when she fell about 200 metres yesterday morning.

An emergency beacon was set off in the Mitre Peak area shortly before midday yesterday, and a rescue helicopter was sent from Te Anau to Milford Sound by the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ).

The male climber was found about 5pm, after low cloud hampered the search, the Otago Daily Times reported.

The man was airlifted out, distressed but unhurt, but the woman's body could not be recovered.

A three-person alpine cliff rescue team from Queenstown remained in Milford Sound overnight and would recommence the recovery operation later this morning.

Police hoped Ms Osborne's body would be recovered by early afternoon.

The weather in the area was fine and would not hamper the recovery, police said.

Ms Osborne's death had been referred to the coroner and inquiries were continuing.

In 2002, 27-year-old German tourist Jonas Theiss died after falling about 200m from a ledge on the mountain.

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