Australian climber dies in the Andes

23:23, Aug 02 2010
Wiesenekker
TRAGIC END: Members of a Bolivian rescue team carry the body of Australian climber Peter Cornelius Wiesenekker who died while climbing the Tuni Condoriri mountain near El Alto, La Paz.

An Australian man has fallen to his death while mountaineering high up in the Bolivian Andes.

Authorities have identified the man as 50-year-old Peter Cornelius Wiesenekker.

They say he was near the top of the 5700-metre Tuni Condoriri on Friday when he plunged about 200 metres from a crag.

His body was found the next night with a broken leg, blows to the head and frozen from the cold.

Lieutenant Jorge Ramirez of the firefighters' rescue unit said on Monday that a 31-year-old German climber tied to Wiesenekker also fell, but survived. Isabel Suppe was recovering from her injuries at a hospital.

The Australian consulate confirmed Wiesenekker's death. There was no immediate information on his hometown.

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