Climbers rescued after three days on Mont Blanc

4th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

CHAMONIX, Aug 4 (AFP) - Eight mountain climbers from Britain, Germany and Spain have been rescued after spending three days stuck more than 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) up the side of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, French police said Thursday.

CHAMONIX, Aug 4 (AFP) - Eight mountain climbers from Britain, Germany and Spain have been rescued after spending three days stuck more than 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) up the side of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, French police said Thursday.

A helicopter managed to reach the well-equipped teams late Wednesday when poor weather that had stymied their ascent briefly lifted.

The three Germans and three Spaniards were forced to set up camp 3,800 metres up the peak, while the two British climbers were plucked to safety at 3,200 metres.

Officers said none of the climbers was hurt, but noted that all should have been aware of a weather alert that had been issued for the mountain before setting off.

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Subject: French news

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