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Woman survives in remote New Zealand hut and writes 'HELP' signs in snow after partner dies in steep fall

Published 25/08/2016 | 11:31

Part of the popular Routeburn Track on New Zealand's south island (Photo: Google Maps)
Part of the popular Routeburn Track on New Zealand's south island (Photo: Google Maps)

A female tourist survived in a remote hut in rural New Zealand for one whole month after her partner fell during a hiking trip.

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The young couple, both tourists from the Czech Republic, began their hike on the popular Routeburn Track on New Zealand's south island on July 26, but were not reported missing until August 24.

A search and rescue team were dispatched and found the woman living in a warden's cabin at an area called the Mackenzie Huts.

The young woman was reported to have been staying in the building since early August, making signs in the snow asking for help.

Police told CNN that her partner fell down a steep slope just four days after they began the trail.

He died a short time later, despite her efforts to keep him alive.

"This is a highly unusual case," New Zealand's Otago Lakes Central Area Commander Inspector Olaf Jensen said.

"It's very unusual for someone to be missing in the New Zealand bush for such a long period without it being reported.

"I appreciate there are a number of unanswered questions, however, until we can piece together exactly what has happened we are unable to say anything further."

The woman was reported to be in good health but is suffering from shock.

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