Fatal fall of two young French mountaineers in the Écrins massif

“It was a rope of amateurs who unscrewed in the ascent of a summit of Olan and who fell in the bergschrund, a crevasse at the foot of the walls of a glacier”, explains to AFP the Republican Security Company, confirming information from the Dauphiné Libéré.

The two mountaineers, a 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, lived in the region, according to the same source.

It was the Olan refuge (in the town of La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar), from which the two victims had left early Tuesday, who had indicated that they would return after their ascent, which warned of their disappearance.

Four rescuers from the CRS Alpes de Briançon in a helicopter, accompanied by a doctor, then went looking for them before finding them “at the bottom of the crevasse on Wednesday at the end of the afternoon”.

“They fell between 100 and 150 meters” and “the cause is accidental”, concluded the company.

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