5 climbers killed on `deadly day` in Swiss Alps

Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 23:08

Geneva: Five mountain climbers were
killed in three separate incidents in the Swiss Alps, plunging
up to hundreds of metres to their death, police said, dubbing
Fri day a "deadly day".

"Deadly day -- five people lost their lives in high
mountains on July 15, 2011," said police in a statement.

In the worst incident, three climbers who were
roped together died trying to climb the Meitin glacier.

One of the climbers apparently fell and dragged his
two companions with him, police in Valais said in a separate
statement.

The group slid down the glacier for several hundred
metres, smashing into the rocks, despite being equipped with
ice axes and crampons.

The three climbers have not yet been identified.
Elsewhere a German mountaineer died when he fell
near the peak of the Lagginhorn peak of 3,971 metres (13,000
feet) in the Swiss Alps canton of Valais.
"A group of seven German climbers set off to climb
Lagginhorn," police in Valais said in a statement, adding they
were not roped together.

"Around 100 metres from the summit, at an altitude
of 3,850 metres, one of them lost his balance and fell several
hundred metres."

The climber, who has not yet been named, died on
the spot.
In a third accident, another unidentified alpinst
fell about 20 metres to his death when his rope tied to rock
face gave way.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 23:08

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