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French Alps: Mother killed in front of family in tragic climbing accident

A Frenchwoman was killed while climbing with her family in the French Alps on Sunday.

French Alps: Mother killed in front of family in tragic climbing accident
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The 50-year-old woman was climbing with her son, 17, and husband, on Sunday afternoon when the tragic accident occurred in the Savoie department of the French Alps. 
 
The 17-year-old is seriously injured and is currently being treated at Grenoble hospital. 
 
The climbers appear to have fallen as a result of their climbing bolts coming unscrewed after a rockfall, according to a report in Le Dauphiné Libéré.
 
The three family members were crossing the Aiguilles d'Argentières peak near the Col du Glandon mountain pass in Savoie when the rockfall occurred. 
 
The father, an experienced climber, is unharmed but in shock, according to the local newspaper.
 
There have been several tragic incidents involving climbers in the French Alps over the summer. 
 
At the end of July, four climbers — including an Italian man and two French women — died in the French Alps on Sunday in three separate accidents.
 
And in August, three climbers from the same group died on Mont Blanc.
 
 
 
 

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‘It’s a miracle’: Boy survives 40-minute burial after avalanche in French Alps

A 12-year-old boy was found alive Wednesday 40 minutes after being swept away and buried by an avalanche while skiing with his parents in the French Alps, rescuers said.

'It's a miracle': Boy survives 40-minute burial after avalanche in French Alps
Illustration photo: AFP
The family had just left a groomed run for an off-piste sector at the La Plagne ski area in southeast France when the boy was caught by the cascading mass of snow at around 2:00 pm (1300 GMT).
   
He was not carrying a transmitting beacon that could alert rescuers to his position quickly.
   
But a sniffer dog brought in by the French mountain police squad from nearby Courchevel found him around 40 minutes later.
   
“It's a miracle because he had no victim detection device. The chances of survival are minuscule after 15 minutes under the snow,” one of the rescuers told AFP.
   
The child, who suffered only a broken leg, was taken to the hospital at Grenoble.
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