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French Alps: Austrian falls to death on Mont Blanc

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08:54 CEST+02:00
An Austrian climber fell some 200 metres (650 feet) to his death Saturday while descending Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain, rescuers said.

The 65-year-old man, who was not identified, slipped just before reaching the Gouter route and was killed instantly. His two climbing companions were brought down by rescuers.

Police have opened a probe into the death, which does not appear to be related to a rock-fall.

The mountain in 2014 saw one of its worst accidents in a decade when six French climbers plummeted to their deaths.

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