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Two mountaineers died in two days in the Alps of the Canton of Valais

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(ANSA) – AOSTA, 08 JUL – Two mountaineers died in as many accidents that took place between Thursday and Friday in the Alps of the Canton of Valais, in Switzerland.

For reasons under consideration by the cantonal police, a 54-year-old from Basel (Switzerland) lost his life when he fell 100 meters.

Together with two climbing companions, he was descending towards the Municipality of Saas Fee after reaching the summit of Ulrichshorn (3,925 meters). The accident occurred at an altitude of 2,800 meters, at 8.30 this morning. The rescuers who arrived on site after the call of the other two climbers could not help but ascertain the death.

A 65-year-old German died on Thursday afternoon while climbing the Dent Blanche (4,357 meters).

As leader of the rope, he had reached the crest, at an altitude of 4,000 meters, when around 3 pm he fell for about thirty meters before the rope stretched and stopped him. The climbing partner immediately raised the alarm. The helicopter intervention was difficult due to the bad weather conditions. Once on the spot, the rescuers ascertained that the mountaineer was already dead. His climbing partner was taken to the Viège hospital in shock and with mild hypothermia. (HANDLE).

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