Search continues for missing Mont Blanc climbers

28th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

ROME, July 27 (AFP) - Search parties backed by helicopters have failed to find any trace of four climbers missing since they began an attempt to scale the Italian side of Mont Blanc, Italy's Alpine rescue service said Wednesday.

ROME, July 27 (AFP) - Search parties backed by helicopters have failed to find any trace of four climbers missing since they began an attempt to scale the Italian side of Mont Blanc, Italy's Alpine rescue service said Wednesday.

The two French and two Spanish climbers have not been heard from since setting out separately last Thursday, Adriano Favre, head of the Valle D'Aosta mountain rescue unit told AFP.

The rescue operation has been made more difficult by heavy snowfalls at high altitudes, Favre said.

"Our two helicopters are continuing to fly and four specialist guides have gone into the area where the climbers should have bivouacked, but unfortunately, they found nothing."

"The search will continue on Thursday, but I'm not optimistic at this stage," he added.

The alarm was raise on Monday by authorities in Chamonix on the French side of the mountain.

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