Mt Arapiles death: Man falls from King Rat Gully climb

A MAN has died at Mt Arapiles after falling up to four metres.

The Melbourne man, 35, and his girlfriend were descending a rocky ridge into King Rat Gully on Tuesday about 3.30pm.

Natimuk Leading Senior Constable Peter Taylor said the man had his climbing rope around a large boulder for support.

"When he put weight on the rope to descend down, the boulder broke away and he fell,'' he said.

The fall was about three to four metres.

Leading Sen Const Taylor said the boulder landed on the man, causing severe head injuries.

His partner called emergency services but he died a short time later.

Ambulance, Arapiles Rescue Group and State Emergency Service crews attended.

Leading Sen Const Taylor said a police search and rescue crew arrived at Natimuk on Tuesday evening to assess the scene.

The crews will return to the site on Wednesday morning.

Leading Sen Const Taylor said a report would then be made for the Coroner.

In 2006, Warwick ‘Cookie’ Cook of Nyah West died on the Mt Arapiles climb Syrinx on Tiger Wall.

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