A hiker has discovered the bodies of six mountain climbers in France's Hautes-Alpes region, the apparent victims of an accident a day earlier.
Mountain police based in Briancon said the bodies were discovered today in a steep corridor at 8,858ft a day after the climbers left an overnight Alpine refuge.
Police said the group apparently was headed, on two ropes, for a point at 11,857ft in the Massif des Ecrins.
The mayor's office in the village of Villar-d'Arene said a helicopter transported the bodies to the town hall for identification.
Details surrounding the deaths were not immediately available.