A hiker has discovered the bodies of six mountain climbers in France's Hautes-Alpes region, the apparent victims of an accident a day earlier.
Mountain police based in Briancon said the bodies were discovered Sunday in a steep corridor at 2,700 meters (8,858 feet) a day after the climbers left an overnight Alpine refuge. Police said the group apparently was headed, on two ropes, for a point at 3,614 meters (11,857 feet) in the Massif des Ecrins.
The mayor's office in the village of Villar-d'Arene said a helicopter transported the bodies to the town hall for identification.
Details surrounding the deaths were not immediately available.