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Slovak climber dies on Mont Blanc

A man guiding a Slovak group of mountain climbers died in an accident on Mont Blanc on August 11, 2011, when he was struck by a falling rock, the Sme daily reported on August 15.

A man guiding a Slovak group of mountain climbers died in an accident on Mont Blanc on August 11, 2011, when he was struck by a falling rock, the Sme daily reported on August 15.

One of the other climbers, who declined to be named, told the daily that the accident happened in the Grand Couloir part of the mountain, as the group, which was ascending, was giving way to a descending Czech group.

“We were two hours from a hut in the middle of the climb,” the climber said, as quoted by Sme. “[Nearby] there is a trough, where there are rocks and snow; when it’s nice weather, the snow melts and the rocks roll down. One needs to keep looking up and pass through quickly.”

It was after clearing this dangerous section that the guide was hit by the rock. He fell several metres and died despite being attended by paramedics.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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