Two German climbers die in Swiss peak fall

By AFP
Published: August 4, 2019
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Swiss Alps. PHOTO: REUTERS

Swiss Alps. PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA: Two German mountaineers have fallen to their deaths while climbing one of the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps, the Dent Blanche, police said on Sunday.

A rescue helicopter was sent after police were alerted by other climbers but officers could “only note the death of the two men,” police from the south-west canton of Valais said in a statement.

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“For now, the circumstances of the accident are still undetermined. An investigation has been opened by the public prosecutor’s office,” the statement added.

The two climbers fell between a rocky point called “the grande gendarme” and the summit, which rises to 4,357 metres (14,294 feet).
Formal identification of the victims is in progress, officers said.

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