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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Three more climbers killed in an accident on Mont Blanc

Published 18/08/2014 | 17:37

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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2003 file photo shows Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain.  A mayor in the French Alps says five climbers have died on Mont Blanc and a sixth is missing. The climbers disappeared overnight as they were trying to reach the Aiguille d'Argentiere, which tops out around 3,900 meters (12,800 feet). Mont Blanc, in addition to its primary peak, contains some 200 summits. The bodies of five climbers were located Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, while a sixth has not been found, said Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais, a town at the foot of Europe's tallest mountain. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin, File)
Mont Blanc. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin, File)
FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, an alpinist heads down a ridge on the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 meters; 12 605 feet), towards the Vallee Blanche on the Mont Blanc massif, in the Alps, near Chamonix, France. The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall in Mont Blanc and their bodies were recovered Sunday Aug. 17, 2014, after the accident in the Aiguille de Midi area of the Mont Blanc massif. These latest deaths come less than a week after six climbers, including an experienced guide, were killed in a fall. (AP Photo/David Azia, FILE)
File photo: An alpinist heads down a ridge on the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 meters; 12 605 feet), towards the Vallee Blanche on the Mont Blanc massif, in the Alps, near Chamonix, France. T (AP Photo/David Azia, FILE)

Two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall on Mont Blanc, the mayor of the French city Chamonix said.

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The bodies of the three were recovered yesterday after the accident in the Aiguille de Midi area of the Mont Blanc massif, at an altitude of about 12,470ft (3,800m).

Mont Blanc contains Western Europe's highest summit as well as about 200 smaller peaks and dozens die there each year.

The latest deaths come less than a week after six climbers, including an experienced guide, were killed in a fall.

Eric Fournier, mayor of Chamonix, the town at the foot of Mont Blanc's summit, said that the three climbers had been missing since Saturday.

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