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Two bodies found on Mont Blanc

The bodies of a Polish woman and Spanish man were found after spending more than 24 hours in a snow hole.

A rescue worker helicopter returning from the avalanche site, lands in Chamonix, French Alps, Thursday, July 12
A rescue worker helicopter returning from the avalanche site, lands in Chamonix, French Alps, Thursday, July 12
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TWO MORE CLIMBERS have died on Mont Blanc following the deaths of nine people last week in a massive avalanche, rescue crews in Italy and France said today.

An Italian Alpine rescue team military official said the bodies of a Polish woman and Spanish man were found 4,400 meters up on the Dome du Gouter peak on the Italian-French border Saturday night after spending more than 24 hours in a snow hole.

Rescue services said the man and woman had been climbing with two Spaniards when they were caught in bad weather on Friday night.

The Spaniards managed to reach the Gouter mountain refuge earlier Saturday and alerted authorities who sent help.

Jean-Baptiste Estachy, commander of the mountain rescue service in Chamonix, France, said on BFM television that while the climbers were on the French side, the Italians were dispatched because they had a helicopter better suited to the weather conditions.

The Italian official said the Spanish survivors were taken to a hospital in nearby Val d’Aosta for tests, but weren’t seriously injured.

A massive avalanche on one of Mont Blanc’s most popular routes, Mont Maudit, killed nine climbers and injured 14 others on Thursday.

Read: Six climbers reported dead after Alps avalanche>

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