Three Italian climbers were flown to safety and a third alpinist died Friday in Argentina after a blizzard on the highest mountain in the Americas.
Mirko Affasio, 39, and Marina Attanasio, 38, were hospitalized with hypothermia, dehydration and severe bruising and could remain in the Mendoza facility for weeks, said Guido Loza, director of Department of Natural Resources for Mendoza province.
Climber Matteo Refrigerato, 35, from Italy, was taken off the Aconcagua mountain later Friday. Severe hypothermia and loss of motion in his limbs left him barely able to walk, but his condition stabilized and he was on his way to the hospital, said Flavio Costarelli, head of logistics for Aconcagua Park and part of the rescue operation.
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