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.