(TASMANIA) JUST IN: Police have said the man was climbing Mt Geryon, 150 kilometres north-west of Hobart, with three other people, when he “fell from a significant height” about 9:30am. Friday morning #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.19: A man has died after he fell while climbing a mountain in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park:

Climber dies after falling during mountain trek with friends near Cradle Mountain: ‘The climbers alerted police and the rescue helicopter was able to insert a search and rescue member and a wilderness paramedic into the area a short time later’ Senior Constable Pajak said police did not know the “exact details of what happened prior to the fall occurring this morning”.

updated 9h ago

Mt Geryon in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania
The person fell while climbing Mt Geryon in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.(Ian Green)

Senior Constable Ingrid Pajak said attempts were made to access the man to check his condition, but the terrain was “extremely difficult to access”.

“They attempted to access the area where the person had fallen but they were initially unable to gain access,” she said.

A paramedic was winched down in the early afternoon and they confirmed the man had died. 

“The person was confirmed to be deceased at the scene and it appears that was a result of the significant fall,” said Senior Constable Pajak.

The ABC understands the man is from Tasmania. No details about his age or identity have been released.

She also said it was a “really difficult area to estimate the height”.

“It’s a significant height and it would be well in excess of 50 metres,” she said.

Senior Constable Pajak said the man and his companions were all experienced climbers with the correct equipment. 

“The only advice we’d give is that people ensure they’re suitably trained and equipped to be undertaking these activities,” she said.

“In this incidence, the preliminary investigations show that none of those factors had any effect on this incident happening today.”

The other three climbers he was with were uninjured.

“They are well but obviously it’s a traumatic incident to be involved in and the four people do know each other very well,” said Senior Constable Pajak.

Police said a report would be prepared for the coroner. 

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.19: 2021:

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