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Avalanche on Mont Blanc du Tacul

1 dead & 2 hospitalised after an avalanche this morning

Featured in: | Ellie Mahoney, Chamonix Editor | Published

A mountaineer has died in an avalanche that happened at around 11:30 this morning. 

The location of the avalanche, on Mont Blanc du Tacul, is the same area in which 9 people lost their lives in July 2012, also as the result of an avalanche. 

The avalanche is believed to have been around 600 metres long, and carried away a New Zealand born mountaineer. The mountain rescue team found him, but sadly were unable to revive him on the scene.

Two other climbers, apparently from the PGHM in Chamonix were taken to hospital for treatment. They appear to be suffering from shock, but unharmed.

An investigation will be launched into the cause of the avalanche.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the mountaineer who died today.