Body of female U.S. climber found in China

BEIJING Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:16am EDT

Christine Boskoff in an undated photo released by the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu. Chinese rescuers have found the body of the American climber on a remote mountain eight months after she disappeared, Xinhua news agency said on Monday. REUTERS/U.S. Consulate, Chengdu/Handout

Christine Boskoff in an undated photo released by the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu. Chinese rescuers have found the body of the American climber on a remote mountain eight months after she disappeared, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Credit: Reuters/U.S. Consulate, Chengdu/Handout

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese rescuers have found the body of an American climber on a remote mountain eight months after she disappeared, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Christine Boskoff, 39, and fellow climber Charlie Fowler, 52 had not been heard from since November.

Fowler's body was found in December at an altitude of 5,300 meters (17,400 ft) on Genyen Mountain in the southwestern province of Sichuan, bordering Tibet, but the search for Boskoff was suspended because of poor weather.

Chinese rescuers resumed the search after winter snow had melted and discovered her body near where Fowler was found, Xinhua said. It did not give an exact day for when the body was discovered, only that it was this month.

The two climbers were probably killed in an avalanche, the agency said, citing the Sichuan Mountaineering Association.

Boskoff's body was still on the mountain as it was too dangerous to reach it on the steep slope, it said, citing rescuers.

The association had informed U.S. diplomats of the discovery, and were awaiting their response on how to deal with the body, it added.

Boskoff was among the world's leading high-altitude women climbers and had ascended six of the world's peaks over 7,800 meters, including Mount Everest, according to the agency.

Separately, Xinhua said a British tourist had died of a heart attack while climbing a mountain in the far western region of Xinjiang.

The tourist, named as Jonathan Matthew Peacock, fell ill on the mountain on July 13 and died while receiving treatment at the base camp.

And the body of a South Korean, Choi Jang-yong, was found on July 18 after vanishing while climbing the same mountain, the report added.

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