Austrian falls to death on Mont Blanc

A climber attempting to scale Mount Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain. — Google pic
A climber attempting to scale Mount Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain. — Google pic

LYON, July 23 — An Austrian climber fell some 200 metres to his death yesterday while descending Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain, rescuers said.

The 65-year-old man, who was not identified, slipped just before reaching the Gouter route and was killed instantly. His two climbing companions were brought down by rescuers.

Police have opened a probe into the death, which does not appear to be related to a rock-fall.

The mountain in 2014 saw one of its worst accidents in a decade when six French climbers plummeted to their deaths. — AFP

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