July 25, 2007 / 5:08 AM / 13 years ago

Five climbers die of exposure in Italian Alps

MILAN, July 25 (Reuters) - Five mountain climbers have died of exposure in the Italian Alps, a civil protection official said.

Four died on Mont Blanc and one on Monte Rosa, Guido Bertolaso, head of civil protection in Aosta, northwest Italy, told Reuters late on Tuesday.

A sixth climber, a German woman, is recovering in hospital in Zermatt, Switzerland, he said.

"It’s rare that there would be so many dead in a single day," Bertolaso said. "The victims were all found frozen."

The nationalities of the victims and the circumstances of the deaths were not immediately known.

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