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Six climbers die after a 250m fall on France's Mont Blanc

Published on Aug 13, 2014 5:29 PM
The bodies of six climbers were found on Wednesday on France's Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain. The accident came amid growing fears that Mont Blanc is increasingly becoming a tourist “free-for-all”. -- PHOTO: AFP

LYON (AFP) - Six French climbers have died after a terrifying 250m fall from Mont Blanc, officials said on Wednesday, one of the worst accidents in a decade on Europe’s highest mountain.

“We are certain that the climbers unfortunately died on the spot after a fall of around 250m,” rescue police spokesman Frederic Labrunye told reporters.

The group of four men and one woman, aged between 27 and 45 and accompanied by a experienced guide, set out on Tuesday for the “Aiguille d’Argentiere” peak on the Mont Blanc massif, which stands at 3,902m.

The weather deteriorated rapidly and the accident likely happened some time around midday, authorities said.

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