At least five climbers dead, rescuers try to reach sixth

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Associated Press

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 9:31 AM

PARIS (AP) — At least five French climbers are dead after a fall on Mount Blanc in France, after a night of snow and wind on the tallest mountain in Western Europe.

A sixth climber was spotted at the bottom of a crevasse. Searchers say recovery efforts are underway, and that there's no word on the climber's condition -- other than that the person is unconscious.

The climbers were taking part in a two-week mountaineering course, and were reported missing overnight when they failed to return to a refuge.

August is the height of the climbing season on Mount Blanc -- where, even in the warmest months, storms can strike quickly.

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