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Lower Hutt man, 32, dies in crater lake on Mt Ruapehu

News from NZ Police
A man died after falling into the Crater Lake at Mount Ruapehu yesterday afternoon. He was 32-year-old Magesh Jagadeesan of Lower Hutt.

Emergency services were flown to the scene via helicopter at around 1.50pm.

The body was recovered from the lake by members of the group he was with, before emergency services arrived.

The death will be referred to the Coroner.

Report from RNZ
Yesterday’s death at Mount Ruapehu’s crater lake in 12 months has prompted calls for people to take extra care at the top of the mountain. Another man died in the lake one year ago.

Ruapehu District Mayor Don Cameron said the snow was becoming soft around this time of year, and people needed to be extra vigilant at high altitudes.

“I understand it’s a skiier that’s fallen in, but also apparently someone climbing also slipped on the ice and lost their ice axe,” he said.

Mr Cameron said people venturing near the crater lake should take extra advice before heading up, or stick to well known trails.

News from Dept of Conservation
HE RĀHUI
He aituā! He aituā!
He takanga ki Te Wai ā-moe kua riro rā.
Tēnei ngā uri te karanga atu ki ngā mana, ki tapu kia rāhuitia ngā pāpāringa o Te Wai ā-moe.
It is with sadness that the iwi of Ruapehu: Uenuku, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Rangi, acknowledge the fatal accident where a hiker fell in to Te Wai ā-moe on Saturday. As a result of this accident, a rāhui has been placed on the Te Wai ā-moe area and will be lifted at sunrise on Wednesday. This rāhui is supported by the Department of Conservation and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.

A rāhui (physical and spiritual protection mechanism) is a tool to manage human activity around a site where there has been loss of life. It sets a temporary prohibition around the rāhui area and limits access for that period. By placing a rāhui over the area it:

• acknowledges the death and is a way to express our sympathy to the whānau of the deceased;
• ensures that safety mechanisms are in place; and
• provides time for tapu (sacredness) to dissipate following the death.

This provides time for healing and recovery of the natural elements at place and people, in particular the grieving whānau.

To show respect, all climbers, trampers and skiers are asked not to go above the boundaries of the ski areas at Whakapapa, Tūroa and Tukino or above a line 2300 metres above sea level on the mountain.

Moe mai rā, haere ki ngā nui o te pō. Huri atu te pō, nau mai te ao.