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Five climbers die on France's Mont Blanc


This file picture taken on July 16, 2014 from the Brevent mountain shows a view of the Mont-Blanc range, in the French Alps. The bodies of five climbers were found on August 13, 2014 on France's Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain. Six members of a group, including one guide, have been missing since the day before evening amid bad weather. The group had set out to climb the "Aiguille d'Argentiere" peak on the Mont Blanc massif, which stands at 3902 metres (12,801 feet). Photo - AFP

Five French climbers were found dead on Wednesday on Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, with a sixth member of the group still missing, local authorities said.

The six climbers, including one guide, had been reported missing since Tuesday evening after they failed to return to their shelter when bad weather hit the mountain.

The group had set out to climb the "Aiguille d'Argentiere" peak on the Mont Blanc massif, which stands at 3,902 metres (12,802 feet).

There have been several deaths this climbing season on the mountain, sparking fears among professional guides that Mont Blanc is fast becoming a tourist "free-for-all".

Two Belgians were found dead on August 2 and six climbers died between July 15 and 30 -- two Irish, two Finns, a German and a French person.

A US climber sparked outrage earlier this month when he tried to climb the mountain with his nine-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter and got caught in an avalanche.

The family escaped uninjured, but video footage of the incident in a spot known as the "Corridor of Death" caused an outcry when it was broadcast in the United States last month.

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