LATEST: The "close knit" community of Milford Sound is mourning the loss of a colleague and friend today.
A 19-year-old Southern Discoveries boat host fell to his death last night after slipping down the Bowen Waterfall near Milford Sound.
Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Kennelly, of Invercargill, said the Chilean national died 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.''
Southern Discoveries general manager John Robson said the teenager had recently moved to Milford and begun working for the firm.
"The Milford community is close knit and its members are understandably upset. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to family and friends of the deceased. Support to all Milford staff is being provided from Te Anau where needed."
The tramper was a part of a group of three, but his friends were unable to locate him after he fell down the 161 metre high falls and ran back to Milford Village to raise the alarm.
Rural Fire and the Milford Emergence Response Team searched the area in the dark and located his body floating in the water at 6.30pm.
The name has not been released as the family is yet to be told, senior sergeant Dave Raynes, of Invercargill said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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