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Hiking accidents claim lives in Swiss mountains

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The Zinalrothorn claimed the life of one hiker. Photo: Valais police
08:54 CEST+02:00
Several hikers lost their lives in accidents in the Swiss mountains over the weekend.
Several hikers lost their lives in accidents in the Swiss mountains over the weekend. 
 
A 39-year-old from Zurich died in the Graubünden on Saturday afternoon.
 
The hiker was taking a “shortcut” down from the Glegghorn (2,447m) above the village of Fläsch when he fell 150 metres, said cantonal police.
 
His hiking companion called emergency services and was rescued by Rega helicopter, but the 39-year-old died at the scene.  
 
In the canton of Valais, another man died on Sunday when he slipped on descending the Zinalrothorn at 3,930 metres and fell into the Trift glacier, Valais police said
 
Rescue workers from Air Zermatt attended the scene by helicopter but the man was already dead. 
 
The identity of the man has not yet been established but police said he was “probably a foreign national”.
 
Also over the weekend, two British men were found dead on the Matterhorn on Saturday after going missing on Thursday. 
 
The pair had been climbing up the south side of the famous mountain, which sits on the Italian-Swiss border, when they were caught in bad weather. 
 
They were found by Italian rescue workers. 

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