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A New Zealand woman has been found frozen to death in the French Alps after rescuers were unable to respond to her climbing group’s desperate calls for help.
She died trying to scale Mont Blanc with her partner a British man and two women from France and Chile.
A statement issued by Ms Jerram’s uncle Jim Jerram today said Jane was keen on outdoor sports.
“Jane had become an accomplished climber during her time living next to the French Alps. She was well trained, meticulous in her planning, including selection of equipment, and was very fit,” Mr Jerram said.
He said details of the accident were not yet known but it appears the climbers were caught on the summit ridge at over 4000m by a sudden storm.
“Jane eventually called by phone for search and rescue assistance,
but because of the conditions, a helicopter was unable to reach the four climbers who were found together,” Mr Jerram said.
The climbers were not lost, he said.
The family is travelling to France tomorrow.
“The family members are obviously very distressed and attempting to come to terms with the loss of their middle child and elder daughter and sister,” Mr Jerram said.