Brit woman, 37, who plunged to death climbing New Zealand mountain is found

A British mountain climber has been named as the victim of a fatal fall on Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand last month.

Emma Langley, from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, was scaling the 9,176-foot mountain with a group of friends when slipped and fell down a slope.

Efforts to rescue the 37-year-old were hindered by bad weather, with a helicopter unable to land due to high winds, while a ground rescue team headed to the scene of the accident on foot.

Emma and a group of eight others had been climbing the eastern side of the mountain, crossing an area of terrain known as Cathedral Rocks.

Rescuers took five hours to reach the spot where she fell, and Emma was sadly pronounced dead when her body was taken back to Tukino Lodge sports club.

The accident happened on Saturday 26 September – with police now sharing details of the accident.

In a statement, New Zealand Police senior constable Barry Shepherd said: "This is an absolutely tragic event for the woman who has died, her family and friends, and her climbing companions.

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"Many in the group were relatively new climbers, but they were well-prepared and while the weather changed throughout the day, when they set off the conditions were suitable.

"While this was not the outcome anyone wanted, I want to acknowledge the bravery of those in the group who climbed down over a number of hours to assist her, as well as two other climbers who came across the scene and stopped to help.

"I also want to thank all the LandSAR [search and rescue] men and women who worked tirelessly through the afternoon and well into the night, in absolutely shocking weather, to return the deceased to her family and rescue the rest of the group off the mountain."

The New Zealand Alpine Club previously expressed their shock and sadness over the death of the climber.

They released a statement last month saying: “The club and its members are very shaken by the event and wish to offer our love and support to all who were involved on Saturday.”

The club also thanked the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue team, search and rescuers, police and the public for their help recovering Emma from the mountain.

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