27 Aug 2008

Bodies buried by Alps avalance located

2:00 pm on 27 August 2008

Search teams say they have located the bodies of some of the eight climbers swept away in an avalanche in the French Alps on Sunday.

However, they said the remains could not be retrieved, as snow conditions were too unstable. The dead included four Germans, an Austrian and three Swiss.

Rescue teams flew over the scene of an avalanche on Monday and said their monitoring equipment had picked up signals sent by the climbers' transmitters.

Earlier they said that there was no chance of finding any survivors, and that the victims' bodies may never be recovered.

The avalanche was 200m long and 50m wide and struck at an altitude of 3,600m about 3am on Sunday. It appeared to have been caused by a block of glacier ice that broke free and rolled down the mountain.