Bodies recovered of Italian climbers missing for 5 months

26th April 2013, Comments 0 comments

The frozen bodies of two of three Italian climbers who went missing in the French Alps five months ago have been recovered close to where they disappeared, mountain rescuers said Friday.

One of the bodies has been identified as that of Damiano Barabino, a 32-year-old cardiologist from Genoa. Officials were still working on the identification of the second corpse.

Both bodies were found in ice, one frozen to the mountain face, the other attached by a rope.

Barabino had been climbing with Francesco Cantu, a 41-year-old senior heart surgeon from Lecco and their guide Luca Gaggianese, 49 and from Milan.

The trio of experienced climbers had successfully completed an extremely difficult ascent of the Barre des Ecrins, a 4,102-metre (13,458-foot) peak, before going missing November 26 in snowstorm on their descent.

© 2013 AFP

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