Body of second dead Australian Indian climber located at Fox Glacier

January 15th, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Wellington, Jan.15 (ANI): The body of the second Australian Indian man, who was crushed in an ice-fall at Fox Glacier on New Zealand’’s South Island last week has been located.
A statement from New Zealand police said on Thursday it became clear that Akshay Miranda’’s body had been released from the ice where it was trapped.
Akshay, 22, and his 24-year-old brother Ashish were buried under tonnes of ice at the Fox Glacier on New Zealand’’s South Island on January 8.
The brothers were travelling with their parents Ronnie and Winnie at the time of the incident, which occurred after the two men walked beyond warning signs.
After the tragedy, rescuers were able to retrieve the body of Ashish, but said it was too dangerous at the time to dig through the ice to find his brother.
Their parents arrived back home in Melbourne with Ashish’’s body on Wednesday night.
Authorities launched an aerial search after finding a red cap on a riverbed about 500 metres from the glacier.
Akshay’’s body was found 10 kilometres downstream.
New Zealand police said Akshay was found lying on his back with his arms by his side, although it was not yet possible to know the extent of his injuries.
The Courier Mail quoted Clara Fernandes, an aunt of the dead men, as saying that that both now would be buried together side by side. (ANI)

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