Bodies of missing climbers found on Mont Blanc

29th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

ROME, July 28 (AFP) - Search teams have found the bodies of four climbers who went missing as they tried to scale the Italian side of Mont Blanc, Italy's Alpine rescue service said Thursday.

ROME, July 28 (AFP) - Search teams have found the bodies of four climbers who went missing as they tried to scale the Italian side of Mont Blanc, Italy's Alpine rescue service said Thursday.

"The four bodies have all been located, at a height of around 3,900 metres (8,600 feet), on the west slope of the mountain," Adriano Favre, head of the Valle d'Aosta mountain rescue unit told AFP.

Although the bodies had yet to be formally identified, "it seems that they can only be those of the four climbers missing since Monday," Favre said.

The climbers, two Frenchmen and two Spaniards who set out separately a week ago, were reported missing on Monday.

Two of the bodies have already been recovered and an operation was underway to recover the other two, although snow and falling rocks were hampering the work of the rescue services, Favre said.

According to rescue workers at the scene, the climbers may have slipped on sheet ice at the summit of the south face of Mont Blanc, falling down onto its west slope.

One person was killed and two seriously injured in an ice avalanche on the French side of Mont Blanc on Tuesday, while a second climber fell to his death while scaling the French face of the mountain the same day.

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Subject: French news

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