Sorry Im away on holiday at the mo but just to let readers know that 9 climbers have been killed, including a British guided group and 4 are missing following an avalanche on Mont Maudit on the 3 cols route to Mont Blanc.
avalanches are common on this route, 8 climbers were killed in August 2008 on the same route. This is the most serious avalanche in France since Montroc in 1999.
9h20: The four climbers were reported missing Thursday at Mont Blanc, where an avalanche has killed nine people in the morning, are alive, two who have canceled shipment and the other two who chose a different route, the police announced
16 h 50: The police of the Chamonix PGHM put an end to searches for today, they will resume Friday morning. “The avalanche area was completely surveyed. Research will resume tomorrow (Friday) depending on the weather, “said Colonel Bertrand Francois, commander of the gendarmerie of the Haute-Savoie.
16 hours: The Interior Minister Manuel Valls went to the scene and conducted a survey of the area by helicopter. He however refused to comment on the causes of the accident: “The investigation begins, under the authority of the prosecutor. The number of victims, missing, injured because of this very special event a disaster, “he added.
2:42 p.m.: A cell for the families and friends has been established. Here’s the number: 04 50 33 61 33.
1:05 p.m.: The balance sheet is now nine climbers killed. Four are still missing. Among the nine dead were identified a Swiss, three Germans, three British and two Spaniards. The last three bodies found under the avalanche in mid-day were those of three British climbers were among the seven missing, according to preliminary results reported by the prefecture. Four other climbers still missing. Colonel François Bertrand, commander of the gendarmerie of the Haute-Savoie, hoped they managed to escape the avalanche, going faster than the rest of the group or through another route. Nine minor injuries were evacuated to the hospital Sallanches and two were recovered unharmed by rescuers. A chapel was erected at the hospital in Chamonix for the host families. At midday, the search was continuing on up to over 4000 meters, with Italian rescuers came to reinforce the means of the platoon of police mountain (PGHM) Chamonix.
12:04: Polls continue, but with very diminished chances of finding victims alive, six hours after the departure of the wind slab. It could, according to Colonel Francis of PGHM, be between 2 and 5 people still buried, if one refers to the number of parties of climbers Cosmiques this morning between 1:30 and 2:30. But that’s not counting potential climbers who preferred to bivouac tent. The gendarmes dénombrent this morning in four unoccupied tents the Aiguille du Midi, but nothing suggests that their owners were on the route of the “three mountains white.”
11:52: The six dead were two Germans, two Swiss and two Spaniards.
11:31: The Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls will travel to Chamonix at midday.
10:15: Five climbers were back down, including a free guide and a victim of ophthalmia.
10:00: The mountain rescue Italian héliportait on the avalanche area a team of first aid and a avalanche dog, to lend a hand to rescue the PGHM Chamonix.
9:00: This morning at 5 am 50, the PGHM was alerted by witnesses. An avalanche had just left the neck Cursed, taking several enterprising mountaineers roped ascent of Mont Blanc by the route of the “Three Mountains”. Six people died and several were injured. Rescuers launched two waves of survey to find the missing climbers in Avalanch