Nepal mountain search finds French body

Nepal mountain search finds French body
Photo: Ilker Ender
Nepalese rescuers have found the body of a missing French climber in a crevasse on Mount Manaslu a week after an avalanche killed him and at least eight other mountaineers, the expedition organiser said Thursday.

Another French mountaineer and a Canadian are still missing and presumed dead after their group was hit by a wall of snow near the 8,156 metre (26,759 foot) Himalayan peak early on September 23rd.

"A team of seven sherpas discovered the dead body of Remy Lecluse on Sunday," Ishwari Paudel, the managing director of Himalayan Guide, told AFP.

"His body was swept about 600 metres from the Camp Three. The sherpas pulled it out from a crevasse."

An experienced skier, the 48-year-old Lecluse had carried out more than 500 extreme descents in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes and elsewhere.

Paudel said the body arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday and was handed over to the French embassy there.

Eight people were found dead in the immediate aftermath of the snowslide — four French, a Spaniard, a German, an Italian and a Nepali guide.

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