Hiker finds six bodies in Alps after avalanche
A hiker has discovered the bodies of six mountain climbers in France's Hautes-Alpes region, the apparent victims of an accident a day earlier.
Mountain police based in Briancon said the bodies were found yesterday in a steep corridor at 2,700 metres (8,858 feet), a day after the climbers left an overnight Alpine refuge.
Police said the group apparently was headed, on two ropes, for a point at 3,614 metres (11,857 feet) in the Massif des Ecrins.
Reports suggested an avalanche of rocks may have been to blame for the accident. The mayor's office in the village of Villar-d'Arene said a helicopter transported the bodies to the town hall to be identified.
Details surrounding the deaths were not immediately available and the nationalities of the climbers were not known.