New Zealand climber found dead

New Zealand climber found dead

Illustration of mountain climbing. (FOTO ANTARA/Ismar Patrizki)

Semarang, Central Java (ANTARA News) - A New Zealander named Andrey Voytech was found dead after going missing while climbing Mount Merbabu, Central Java, at 8:40 am local time on Saturday.

"The body of the climber was found in the river allegedly after falling off the cliff," Zulhawary Agustianto, a spokesman of the National Search and Rescue Agency of Central Java, noted here on Saturday.

According to Agustianto, the victim allegedly fell off an eight-meter-high cliff. He revealed that the body of the deceased was taken through the Chuntel ascent to the Salatiga District General Hospital for an autopsy. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained, pending the police's autopsy.

Earlier, Andrey Voytech, a New Zealand climber, was reported missing by his friend, who was staying at a hotel in Magelang. The victim`s friend confirmed that Voytech was on his way to Merbabu via Cunthel of Semarang District on Friday (Mar 30).