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3 Fatalities in Avalanche on Peru's Highest Point

June 14 2002 at 10:38 AM
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LIMA, Peru (Reuters) -- Peruvian police said on Thursday they had located the bodies of three Austrian mountaineers who disappeared in an avalanche last week on Peru's highest peak, the Huascaran.
"The bodies of the three Austrians are being taken down to the camp ... that can be reached by donkeys and helicopters. Due to bad weather, they will be taken early tomorrow by helicopter to Yungay, and then to Lima," Marisela Caferatta, spokeswoman for the police High Mountain Rescue Unit, told Reuters.
Three Austrians and one German, who were roped together with a fifth person as they neared the summit of the 22,205-foot (6,768-meter) mountain, were swept down 985 feet (300 meters) by an avalanche on Monday of last week. The fifth Austrian climber was rescued after miraculously falling onto a small plateau.
The Huascaran is a popular destination for mountaineers and tourists but is considered a risky climb for its high avalanche danger. The massive snow-capped peak is the crowning glory of Peru's Cordillera Blanca.

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