Two climbers missing in the Alps

9th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

CHAMONIX, France, July 8, 2007 - A rescue team was on Sunday searching for two missing mountain climbers stranded at more than 4,000 metres altitude on the highest mountain in the Alps, local police said.

CHAMONIX, France, July 8, 2007 - A rescue team was on Sunday searching for two missing mountain climbers stranded at more than 4,000 metres altitude on the highest mountain in the Alps, local police said.

"The two young people called their parents with their mobile phones and told them they were stuck in bad weather as they were descending from the summit of Mont Blanc," police in Chamonix, located at the foot of the mountain, said, adding that they had been alerted at 10:50 am (0850 GMT).

The two climbers, both in their 20s, had built an igloo to shelter them from the storm that had been raging since Sunday morning, police said.

Two rescue workers had been helicoptered in and were being led in their search by a local mountain guide.

While the rescue workers know the two climbers are stuck at an altitude of 4,230 metres (13,880 feet), they do not know which mountainside they're on.

Police said the rescue work would continue through the night.


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Subject: French news

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