New Zealand expat dies on British mountain

Published:  22 Jan at 10 AM
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A New Zealand expat in the UK has been found dead on a mountain after being missing for several days.

Michael Flanagan, originally from Napier in New Zealand, told hotel staff in Windermere, around 130kms north of Manchester, he was going for a walk two weeks ago and never returned.

Cumbria Police confirmed they had found Mr Flanagan’s body on the mountain of Helvellyn on Monday. Hotel employees said that he had spoken of his plans to climb the mountain while on holiday in the northwestern region.

The New Zealander, 45, had lived in London with his wife and son for some years, working for the National Australia Bank as head of its foreign exchange institutional sales. After being reported missing, a 60-man search and rescue team was sent out to locate him.

He was eventually located at the bottom of the Helvellyn’s headwall and pronounced dead after being carried back down the mountain. A Cumbrian police spokesman said the death had been transferred to the coroner after they ruled that there were no suspicious circumstances.

Mr Flanagan attended Napier Boys’ High School when he was a child. After moving to the UK he initially worked for HSBC and then the Royal Bank of Scotland before taking up his position with the National Australia Bank.
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