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Two Mountaineers Perish on Mont Blanc Massif

Lithuanian climbers die after 3 days and 3 nights at 3900metres

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A reconnaissance helicopter flight yesterday confirmed that the two Lithuanian mountaineers, stranded for 3 days and 3 nights at 3900metres, have died.

Following a rescue mission by the PGHM on Friday, where two Lithuanian climbers were separated on the north face of the Courtes, Argentiere. One of the climbers managed to get back to Chamonix safely on his skis whilst his climbing partner was rescued on the Argentiere glacier suffering from hypothermia and frostbite.

News then came in of two other Lithuanian climbers stranded at 3900metres on the north face of the Droites, however with high winds and increasing cloud it was certain an aerial rescue was not possible until there was a break in the weather.

On Saturday morning a message was received by the PGHM from one of the mountaineers who reported he was safe but had run out of gas for his stove.On Sunday morning the PGHM managed to get a helicopter up to the Argentiere basin and localise the two men in the Lagarde couloir, however the strong winds did not allow for the helicopter to get close enough to attempt a rescue.
A second helicopter flight on Sunday afternoon allowed the rescue team to get close enough to see that the two men were without life - a further rescue mission will be made when the weather allows for a safe retrieval of the bodies.


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