Three corpses found on Mont Blanc glacier: Italian police

The Mont Blanc mountain and summit are seen from Emosson, Switzerland.
The Mont Blanc mountain and summit are seen from Emosson, Switzerland.PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - The bodies of three people, suspected to have died more than 20 years ago, have been discovered on the Italian side of Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc, local police told AFP on Wednesday (Aug 23).

"The glacier is constantly shifting and we can say that the deaths occurred around 1995," said a spokesman for the Alpine rescue police service in Italy's north-western Val d'Aoste region.

According to Italian media, the alarm was sounded by a French climber who discovered the bodies and took pictures of them.

Operations were under way to recover the bodies, which were linked together by rope.

Mont Blanc, which straddles Italy's north-west border with France, continues to claim victims among hikers and climbers.

There have been a series of fatal accidents on the mountain in the past month, with climbers from France, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Ukraine killed while trying to scale its heights.

The search for a missing Japanese climber was called off last week.