The Olan refuge had given the alert on Tuesday evening, worrying not to see the return of the two mountaineers who had left it early the same day.

Missing since this call, the two mountain lovers were found dead on Wednesday at the end of the day in the Écrins massif (Hautes-Alpes), the CRS Alpes de Briançon announced on Thursday.

"It was a rope of amateurs who unscrewed in the ascent of a summit of Olan and who fell in the bergschrund, a crevasse at the foot of the walls of a glacier", explains the Republican Security Company , confirming information from the

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The two mountaineers, a 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, lived in the region, according to the same source.

100 meter drop

Four rescuers from the CRS Alpes de Briançon in a helicopter, accompanied by a doctor, then went looking for them before finding them at the bottom of the crevasse late Wednesday afternoon.

“They fell between 100 and 150 meters” and “the cause is accidental,” the company concluded.

A week earlier, a Czech couple of mountaineers who had been missing for three days had been found dead at the bottom of a crevasse of the Glacier Blanc in the Massif des Écrins.

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