Kiwi dies climbing in Croatia

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 14:02 01/10/2012

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A New Zealander is reported to have died while climbing on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia.

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service reported the 25-year-old died at Iliniac rock, near the town of Omis.

About 7pm yesterday (local time) the service received a call for help from two climbers who had set off earlier in the day in the direction of the rock, Croatia Week quoted newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija saying.

Twenty rescuers were sent to the scene, and in the rain and dark found an injured Finnish woman halfway up the 250-metre rock. Soon after the rescuers found the New Zealander, her climbing companion, who had fallen to his death.

Five years ago in the same place, a 27-year-old Polish climber died.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was following up the report.

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