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Climber dies at -20C on 12,000ft peak; TRAGEDY.

A JAPANESE climber stranded for six hours on a mountain in New Zealand died just hours before rescuers reached him and his companion.

Kiyoshi Ikenouchi, 49, perished as temperatures plunged to -20C on Mount Cook in the South Island.

His friend Hideaki Nara, 51, survived the poor weather as they waited in a tent near the 3,754m summit of the country's highest peak.

Rescuers in a helicopter had located the pair on Tuesday, and were able to drop emergency supplies, but the wind was too strong to remove them until yesterday.

Nara, who is recovering in hospital, has a frostbitten face but was otherwise said to be in good condition.

Ikenouchi becomes the 69th climber, and the seventh Japanese national, to perish on Mount Cook.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Dec 6, 2008
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