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Fall on France's Mont Blanc kills 3 more climbers


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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flagwaver2 August 18 2014 at 4:31 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful mountain. Good a place as any to die.

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Mike August 18 2014 at 5:45 PM

Go Darwin!

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Tom August 18 2014 at 3:29 PM

I hear the climbers were up there looking for fountain pens.

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lamsantosantos August 18 2014 at 4:34 PM

Why can't they just admire nature's handiwork instead of risking their lives!

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James lamsantosantos August 19 2014 at 8:12 AM

They got a lethal dose of nature.

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SCUL8RSB August 18 2014 at 4:56 PM

Have a vigil.

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terry.thomas67 August 18 2014 at 5:36 PM

It was a once in a lifetime fall.

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IBruzEZ August 19 2014 at 8:54 AM

"We climb because it is there" is what I have heard. Well, there it is and there they are... too bad. You really can't mess with Mother Nature.! if they are stupid enough to go up, they are stupid enough to fall but we don't really need to hear about their stupidity.

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