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Man's body recovered after Blue Mountains tragedy

A YOUNG man has fallen to his death in yet another holiday accident in the NSW Blue Mountains.

The 20-year-old English national's body was recovered from the foot of a cliff on Monday after his distraught friends told police he had slipped over the edge of Wentworth Falls on the weekend.

The accident happened just days after two seriously injured rock climbers were rescued from Mt Victoria.

A 31-year-old woman was taken to hospital in a critical condition after falling 12 metres to the ground while her 31-year-old partner received several broken bones.

Earlier in the Christmas holidays, search parties were repeatedly sent into the mountains to rescue missing hikers.

One Victorian man, who allegedly took off on a three-day hike with only potatoes and naan bread in his pack, was fined $500 for lack of preparation.

NSW Rescue Commander Brenton Charlton said getting the basics right before embarking on a Blue Mountains adventure was vital.

He warned even the most experienced bushwalkers could find themselves in danger and making use of available technology like a personal locator beacon "could mean the difference between life or death".

HIKING TIPS

T - Take adequate supplies of food, water, navigation and first aid equipment.

R - Register your planned route and tell friends and family when you expect to return.

E - Emergency beacon (PLB's) are available free of charge from NSW Police Force and National Parks and Wildlife Service.

K - Keep to your planned route and follow the map and walking trails.

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