Acclaimed sound editor Mike Hopkins, whose films include blockbusters like The Lord Of The Rings and Octopussy, drowned in a rafting accident in New Zealand on Saturday. Hopkins died after being thrown into a fast-flowing stretch of the river in the remote Tararua Ranges on North Island, Sky News reported.
A police spokeswoman said his two rafting companions - who have not been named - both survived. All three had been wearing life jackets, wetsuits and helmets, said Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson. According to TVNZ, one woman on board managed to make it to safety, while the other person was rescued by a jet boat.
Hopkins won Oscars for his work on The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers in 2003 and King Kong in 2006 while working with American Ethan Van der Ryn.