New Zealand man dies in Croatia

The man died while cycling in the Mljet National Park.
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The man died while cycling in the Mljet National Park.

The family of an Auckland man who died in a cycling crash in Croatia is trying to arrange the transport of his body.

The 39-year-old was cycling on the island of Mljet when the accident happened.

Local media reported the man died after he fell into a 3-metre deep chasm, and suffered serious head injuries. 

Andrijana Biskup, a spokeswoman at the regional police headquarters in Dubrovnik, said the man came from Auckland.

The New Zealand embassy had been informed, she said. "Now the family is trying to organise the transport of the body. There will be no investigation as we found out it was a traffic accident."

The man was cycling from the village of Polace, which is in the Mljet National Park, when he lost control of his bicycle.

Police told local media the man was not wearing a helmet.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said they were aware of the man's death.

MFAT is providing consular assistance to the man's family, but could not release any other information due to privacy reasons.

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