Grieving family arrives in Invercargill

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 20/08/2013

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The family of the Chilean man who died in Milford Sound during the weekend have arrived in Southland, police say.

Martin Ambrosio Celery-Halabi, 19, fell 161 metres to his death on Saturday at the Bowen Falls.

Sergeant Pete Graham, of Te Anau, said the man's parents arrived in Invercargill yesterday.

Te Anau police headed to Milford Sound and examined the scene of the accident yesterday.

Police said it was believed Mr Celery-Halabi slipped while taking photographs and fell to the base of the falls.

The man was at the falls with two friends.

The pair searched for their friend but were unable to find him and ran back to the Milford village to raise the alarm.

A rural fire team and the Milford emergency response team searched the area in the dark and found the man's body floating in the water at 6.30pm.

A Department of Conservation spokeswoman said the Bowen Falls track had not been used in years.

The final parts of the walkway had been removed last month.

However, the trio could have used an unofficial track known by locals that followed a hydro pipe up to the falls, she said.

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