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MATTERHORN ACCIDENT - BRITON DIES IN FALL
Tuesday June 4, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

A young British climber has died after plunging around 300 metres while descending the famous Swiss mountain.





Swiss Police say the 24-year-old man was roped to two other British climbers when a rock came loose and hit him.

The impact caused him to fall.

The accident happened at 2.40am on Monday morning as the three climbers were making their way along the Matterhorn's Hörnli ridge above the ski resort of Zermatt.

According to the police in the Valais canton, they were at an altitude of 3,380 metres.

The other climbers contacted the emergency services and a helicopter rescue team was sent but the man was found to be dead at the scene.

The two climbers who were unharmed were rescued from the mountain.

The Matterhorn on the Switzerland-Italy border is one of the highest mountains in Europe.

It is for experienced climbers only.

It's estimated that around 500 alpinists have died on the mountain since the first ascent in 1865.

An investigation into the accident is underway.

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