Hiker finds bodies of 6 climbers in French Alps

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Posted: Jun 26, 2011 9:36 AM
Hiker finds bodies of 6 climbers in French Alps

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.