Fall on France's Mont Blanc kills 3 more climbers

August 18, 2014 - 4:05 PM
France Mont Blanc

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, an alpinist heads down a ridge on the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 meters; 12 605 feet), towards the Vallee Blanche on the Mont Blanc massif, in the Alps, near Chamonix, France. The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall accident in the Aiguille de Midi area of the Mont Blanc massif and their bodies were recovered Sunday Aug. 17, 2014. These latest deaths come less than a week after six climbers, including an experienced guide, were killed in a fall. (AP Photo/David Azia, FILE)

PARIS (AP) — The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall in Mont Blanc.

The bodies of the three were recovered Sunday after the accident in the Aiguille de Midi area of the Mont Blanc massif, at an altitude of about 3,800 meters (12,470 feet).

Mont Blanc contains Western Europe's highest summit as well as about 200 smaller peaks and dozens die there each year. The latest deaths come less than a week after six climbers, including an experienced guide, were killed in a fall.

Eric Fournier, mayor of Chamonix, the town at the foot of Mont Blanc's summit, told LCI television that the three climbers had been missing since Saturday.