Six climbers killed in Swiss Alps in matter of days

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Six climbers killed in Swiss Alps in matter of days
Two people died while climbing the Mont Blanc. Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP

Six mountaineers have plunged to their deaths or been killed by rockslides in the  southern Swiss Alps in a matter of days, police have said.


Two climbers - a 37-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman from Zurich --died on Tuesday this week as they were trying to scale Lagginhorn, which towers above the chic Saas Fee ski resort in Wallis canton, the regional police said.

"After reaching an altitude of around 3,960 metres (nearly 13,000 feet), the two climbers for an unknown reason fell about 200 metres into the void," a statement said.

Wallis police also said a 19-year-old man from Bern had fallen and died on Monday while scaling back down the Stockhorn mountain, part of the plush Zermatt resort ski area.

In a party of rope climbers, he had slipped and fallen and "was then likely mortally wounded by a rock".

Wallis police had previously said two other mountaineers -- a 26-year-old Frenchman and a 36-year-old Dutch national -- also died Monday in a rockslide while climbing the 3,540-metre Aiguille du Tour on the Swiss side of the Mont-Blanc range.

A climber injured in the incident - a 22-year-old Dutch national - remained in critical condition, police told the ATS-Keystone news agency Wednesday.


And on Sunday, a 47-year-old German-Ukrainian national was killed while trying to scale the 4,506 metre (14,867 feet) Weisshorn, Switzerland's second highest peak.

He plunged 600 metres, according to the police, who have launched investigations into all the deadly incidents.


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