Six climbers found dead

2011-06-26 14:15

Paris - Six climbers were found dead in the French Alps on Sunday, a day after they are believed to have been killed in an avalanche, local officials said.

A hiker came across the bodies of the climbers on a summit in Ecrins Massif in the Upper Alps and notified emergency services.

Their bodies were taken by helicopter to the village of Villar-d'Arene five kilometres away.

The identity of the victims had not yet been established.

The mayor of Villar-d'Arene, himself a mountain guide, said he thought they had likely been hit by falling snow and stones.

Avalanches in the French Alps regularly kill skiers and climbers.