Belfast Telegraph

Bodies of climbers expected home soon

By Ralph Riegel

The bodies of two Irish climbers killed in a tragic accident on Mont Blanc will be flown home within days.

Colm Ennis (37) from Waterford and Peter Britton (55) from Tipperary died in a 200m plunge on the Dent du Geant, or Giant's Tooth, section of Mont Blanc in France last Sunday.

Both men died instantly in an horrific fall witnessed by other climbers on the mountain.

It is believed the men fell after one of their ropes dislodged during their ascent.

Both bodies were recovered by mountain rescue officials within hours and transported to hospital. Officials stressed that there was no way anyone could have survived such a fall.

Family members have travelled to France and are liaising with the local authorities and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs about repatriating both bodies.

Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, is called the 'White Killer'. On average more than 100 climbers die each year due to its notoriously unpredictable weather, challenging cliff faces and crevices.

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