27 Jun 2011

Climbers killed in French Alps

11:00 am on 27 June 2011

Six mountaineers have died in the French Alps.

Officials say the victims were roped together in two groups and

appear to have died while making an ascent in good weather.

A British hiker found the bodies near the Neige Cordier summit at an altitude of 2,700 metres, the BBC reports.

The local mayor told AFP that the the victims were climbing roped together in two groups and there appeared to have been a slide of snow and stones mixed together.

A local official said that the dead included a 16-year-old boy, two men and three women aged between 42 and 64.

All are believed to be French nationals.