Fall on France's Mont Blanc kills 3 more climbers

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Fall on France's Mont Blanc kills 3 more climbers
FILE - This Feb. 19, 2003 file photo shows Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain. The body of a French climber who disappeared into a snowstorm more than 32 years ago has been discovered on the slopes of Mont Blanc. Patrice Hyvert was a 23-year-old aspiring guide when he went for a solo ascent on March 1, 1982. Climbers found Hyvert’s body July 3, his identification papers intact. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin, File)
File - In this Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 file photo, an alpinist walks down a ridge on the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 meters; 12 605 feet), towards the Vallee Blanche on the Mont Blanc massif, in the Alps, near Chamonix, France. A mayor in the French Alps says five climbers have died on Mont Blanc and a sixth is missing. The climbers disappeared overnight as they were trying to reach the Aiguille d'Argentiere, which tops out around 3,900 meters (12,800 feet). Mont Blanc, in addition to its primary peak, contains some 200 summits. The bodies of five climbers were located Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, while a sixth has not been found, said Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais, a town at the foot of Europe's tallest mountain. (AP Photo/David Azia, File)
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PARIS (AP) - The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall in Mont Blanc.

The bodies of the three were recovered Sunday after the accident in the Aiguille de Midi area of the Mont Blanc massif, at an altitude of about 3,800 meters (12,470 feet).

Mont Blanc contains Western Europe's highest summit as well as about 200 smaller peaks and dozens die there each year. The latest deaths come less than a week after six climbers, including an experienced guide, were killed in a fall.

Eric Fournier, mayor of Chamonix, the town at the foot of Mont Blanc's summit, told LCI television that the three climbers had been missing since Saturday.


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