Dutchman freezes to death in Alps

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1 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — A 46-year-old Dutchman froze to death in the Alps on Wednesday, local police said.

1 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — A 46-year-old Dutchman froze to death in the Alps on Wednesday, local police said.

The man and a friend were descending on the Italian side of the 4,048 metre high Piz Bernina when they were caught up in a snowstorm and mist. They had to spend the night on the mountain without shelter.

One of them died while his companion reached a hut after hours of walking  through the bad weather. A rescue helicopter found him at a height of 3,800 metres on Thursday when the weather cleared.

He was brought to hospital and was treated for frostbite. A police spokesman said the man was so weak he could barely move.

Swiss press agency ATS said his friend's death was the 27th fatality in the Alps this summer.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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