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3 More Climbers Die in Falls on Mont Blanc

Incident follows tragedy days ago
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2014 10:49 AM CDT
3 More Climbers Die in Falls on Mont Blanc
In this file photo dated Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, an alpinist heads down a ridge on the Aiguille du Midi, towards the Vallee Blanche, in the Alps, near Chamonix, France.   (AP Photo/David Azia, FILE)

(Newser) – Just days after six climbers died on Western Europe's tallest mountain—marking the deadliest accident there in two years, AFP notes via the Raw Story—three more have died at the site. This time, two climbers and their guide fell some 2,600 feet, police say; their bodies were found by helicopter last night after a day of searching. "It’s possible that an overhang of snow gave way under the group, preventing the guide from holding up his clients," police say.

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Twenty people have now died or gone missing on Mont Blanc during the current climbing season. Mont Blanc consists of some 200 peaks, including the region's tallest, the AP notes. In the latest incident, the climbers were found close to the Aiguille du Midi, a peak some 12,605 feet high. (Read more Mont Blanc stories.)

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