Belgian tourist killed in French Pyrenees

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The 46-year-old woman slipped and fell while trying to cross a 1,300-metre-mountain ridge.

2 June 2008

PYRENEES - A Flemish tourist has been killed in a hiking accident in France.

The 46-year-old woman from Aalter, East Flanders, made a fatal fall while trying to cross a mountain ridge in the Pyrenees.

The victim and her husband had left the village of Licq-Athérey on Saturday and intended to hike their way to a nearby valley.

In order to get there, the couple had to cross a 1,300-metre-mountain ridge. They lost track of each other because of the mist.

Just before reaching the summit, the couple caught sight of each other but just then the woman slipped and fell 200 to 300 metres.

Her husband managed to contact the emergency services with his mobile phone. However, the woman was pronounced dead when the rescue helicopter arrived.

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