Climbers on the step, close to Pigne d’Arolla (archive view).
In the Swiss Alps, four climbers to the life and five people in critical condition admitted to hospitals. Due to the bad weather they had to spend the night in the freezing cold. That confirms the police.
Two groups of in total fourteen mountaineers from France, Germany and Italy were surprised by the bad weather in the vicinity of the Pigne d’Arolla, in the western part of the Swiss Alps, not far from the border with Italy. They were not able to timely their roosts in Vignettes to achieve, at a height of 3.157 feet. Therefore, they had the night in the freezing cold to spend under the open sky.
Four people survived the night. Probably made one victim in a fatal fall. Three others are in the hospital succumbed. Five mountaineers are still in critical condition. The other climbers had chills.
“We had a Monday morning at 6.30 am with a message about alpinists who the night in the open air had to spend’, according to a statement from the local police. “It would go to a group of ten climbers and a second group of four persons. In the near Pigne d’Arolla, they were surprised by a storm.’
The public prosecutor has an investigation opened.