a French and a Spanish, died and nine were injured
this Friday by the detachment of a large block of ice in southwestern Switzerland, police said.
A group of 17 climbers were at an altitude of 3,400 meters in the sector known as the "Lunch Plateau" when they were ascending the Grand Combin, when they were
surprised by the collapse of the block
"Two people died at the scene of the accident. It is a 40-year-old French citizen residing in France and
a 65-year-old Spaniard residing in Spain
," the police said.
Authorities said nine climbers were airlifted to two Swiss hospitals and
two of them are seriously injured
Seven helicopters and some 40 rescuers
intervened in the relief operation
Police reiterated a call for extreme precautions.
is a massif whose highest peak reaches 4,314 meters.
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