British climbers probably died from a fall

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21 February 2006, MADRID – The Civil Guard believes the two British climbers killed in the mountains of northern Spain probably died from injuries suffered during a fall.

21 February 2006

MADRID – The Civil Guard believes the two British climbers killed in the mountains of northern Spain probably died from injuries suffered during a fall.

Robert Rippengal, from Cambridge, who worked for the renewal energy company Econergy, was already dead when rescuers reached the pair on Sunday.

His companion, Catherine Louisa Stokes, from Southampton, who worked for Flora and Fauna International, died on the way to hospital.

On Tuesday, the Civil Guard said injuries had been established as the main cause of Stokes' death and not the hyperthermia, which she was also suffering.

The cause of death has led investigators to suspect the climbers suffered a fall in the massif central of the Picos de Europa.

On Tuesday afternoon, the weather was still too dangerous in the area for mountain teams to bring back Rippengal's body.

Rippengal and Stokes had called emergency services at 5.30pm on Saturday after getting lost, but could not describe clearly where they were.

Members of the Specialised Mountain Rescue Group(GREIM) and the Civil Guard started searching on Saturday without success.

The search started again on Sunday with the help of a helicopter. They were finally found at 7pm on Sunday.

This is the second accident this month involving Britons. On 12 February, 33-year-old Paul Beck fell 300m down a snowy hillside in a national park in Asturias.

He could not move because he had damaged his hip, but managed to survive poor weather conditions six days by sheltering under rocks until he was rescued.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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