Two British climbers killed in Picos de Europa

20th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 February 2006, SANTANDER — Two British climbers have died on the massif central of the Picos de Europa mountains in northern Spain.

20 February 2006

SANTANDER — Two British climbers have died on the massif central of the Picos de Europa mountains in northern Spain.

Robert Rippengal, from Cambridge, was already dead when rescuers reached them on Sunday.

His companion, Catherine Louisa Stokes, from Southampton, died on the way to hospital.

They had called emergency services at 5.30pm on Saturday after getting lost and 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 night.

Stokes was taken to the  Hospital de Arriendas but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Heavy snows made the rescue much more difficult, said rescuers, who feared for their own safety.

The body of Rippengal was being taken down from the mountains on Monday.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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