Woman texts dad before she and husband die in NZ mountain

Woman texts dad before she and husband die in NZ mountain
31-year-old Hiroki Ogawa (L), a Japanese geoscientist studying in New Zealand, and Nicole Sutton, 29, posing for a photo at an undisclosed location.

She had texted her father from a bitterly cold cave on a New Zealand mountain, saying that she might not survive the ordeal.

Her premonition turned out to be true.

Ms Nicole Sutton, 29, and her companion, Mr Hiroki Ogawa, 31, died after being trapped in the cave for two nights in bitterly cold conditions, police said on Monday.

Police said the pair were from Wellington. They died on Mount Taranaki on the western side of North Island, AFP reported.

Ms Sutton's father Keith told a media conference that he received a text from his daughter on Sunday night saying she did not think she would survive.

Mr Sutton described Mr Ogawa, an experienced mountaineer, as "a very special man" who tried to look after his daughter, but "we know mountains are a nasty place when things go wrong".

The climbers were in a relationship and had hoped to marry.

Rescuers had been attempting to reach the pair since Saturday after other members of their climbing party managed to get down through the foul weather and raise the alarm.

Although Mr Ogawa and Ms Sutton were able to communicate with rescuers via text, police said they had difficulty locating them and the conditions were too hazardous to send a helicopter in.

The couple had dug themselves in as best they could and had been texting police until Sunday night.

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