Tripod may be linked to NT lightning death

A camera tripod may have contributed to the death of a South Australian man who was struck by lightning on a popular tourist trek in the Northern Territory.

Antony Van Der Meer was hiking the Rim Walk at Kings Canyon with four family members when he was struck by lightning on New Year's Day.

Police believe the tripod he was carrying may have been hit.

"The party was about one kilometre from the car park when the bolt hit them," Superintendent Pauline Vicary said.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, about 450km west of Alice Springs, but were slowed by bad weather caused by the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Hilda.

"Conditions at the time were challenging with heavy rain and waterways experiencing flash flooding," Supt Vicary said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Van Der Meer's family thanked "everyone who assisted us following this tragedy".

"The rangers, clinic staff, other tourists and police have been very supportive. We now ask that you respect our privacy as we come to terms with our loss," the statement said.

A crowdfunding page set up for his family said the 35-year-old was an "amazing" husband, son, brother and friend who would be sorely missed.

"Anyone who was lucky enough to call Antony Van Der Meer a friend for the past 35 years knew what a big-hearted, generous and hilarious man he was," the page said.

"He meant so much to so many people, none more so than his beautiful wife Jess."

The page had raised $2375 by late on Wednesday.

Mr Van Der Meer worked as a disc jockey on community radio station Fresh FM in Adelaide for six years and was remembered as a popular host.

"Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this extremely difficult time," the station said in a statement.

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