Eight climbers fall to their deaths in the Alps
Eight mountain climbers have died in three different accidents in the Alps, including one incident where six men roped together pulled each other down a mountain glacier.
Five mountain climbers died in the Austrian Alps on Mount Gabler, east of Innsbruck, and a sixth climber was severely injured. The group fell in a very remote area of the mountain at an altitude of about 2,000m. The lone survivor, who is believed to be aged 75, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Salzburg and is in a stable condition.
Apparently, one member of the group slipped and fell on a glacier, bringing the others down with him. The group fell down 200m on a steep slope covered with ice and debris.
Three Italian mountain climbers also died this weekend, two of them yesterday after falling into a crevasse in the Italian Alps. One of the crevasse victims had been rescued but was in a grave condition.
The accident involved a group of nine mountaineers roped together while climbing on a glacier near Trento in northern Italy. All of the climbers, including two 13 year olds, were injured.
Another Italian climber died on Saturday after being hit by boulders in the Valtellina Alpine area, further west of Trento.