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Three more climbers killed in an accident on Mont Blanc

Published 18/08/2014 | 17:37

Mont Blanc. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin, File)
Mont Blanc. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin, 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.

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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