Two climbers die in Alpine accidents

3rd August 2009, Comments 0 comments

A South Korean climber died on Mont Blanc in the French Alps, while an Austrian man was killed climbing in the Swiss Alps.

Grenoble -- A South Korean climber was killed in a fall on Mont Blanc in the French Alps, while an Austrian man plunged to his death in the Swiss part of the mountain range, officials said Sunday.

The South Korean man, aged 47 and identified only as a native of Okcheon-Gun in the Asian country's south, was heading down Mont Blanc at 3,600 metres (11,800 feet) altitude when the accident occurred, French rescue workers said.

They said the cause of the incident, in which he fell 400 metres (1,300 feet), was unknown.

The Austrian, 44, was killed when rocks suddenly gave way as he and six compatriots, including a brother, were climbing a site called Hornli Ridge at 4,150 metres in altitude, according to Swiss police quoted by the ATS news agency.

The man's brother was slightly injured in the rock fall.

AFP / Expatica

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