mont blanc events British soldier dies after 1000ft fall in the Alps
Mont Blanc tragedy: British soldier dies after 1,000ft fall in the AlpsThe 30 year old, who reportedly suffered serious head injuries, was climbing with a friend when he fell from a sheer rock face17:47, 28 AUG 2013Updated17:55, 28 AUG 2013Fatal fall: The solider was climbing on Mont Blanc in the Italian Alps (Image: Getty Images)
A group of Spanish climbers who saw the soldier plummet called the mountain rescue service in the town of Courmayeur,
an Italian ski resort at the foot of Mont Blanc.
The man’s body was recovered and reportedly taken to the town in the Aosta Valley.
A spokesman for the rescue service said: “He was a British off duty soldier in his 30s. We found him dead at the scene.”
The victim’s name would not be released until his family had been informed, the spokesman added.
After the tragedy in the Alps, the soldier’s climbing partner returned to the Gouter mountain refuge on the French side of the 15,781ft mountain, which is Europe’s highest peak, where he was picked up by a helicopter.
Two British women have died in hiking accidents in the French and Swiss Alps in the past two weeks.