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World Five climbers die on Russia's Mount Elbrus

11:40  24 september  2021
11:40  24 september  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Five climbers have died after a blizzard on Mount Elbrus , Europe’s highest peak, Russia ’ s emergencies ministry said Friday. “Unfortunately, five people died ,” the emergencies ministry said. The remaining 14 were taken down to the Azau valley below and the rescue was carried out in “the most difficult conditions” with strong winds, low visibility and subzero temperatures, it said. The company which organised the climb said there were four professional guides accompanying the climbers .

Five climbers died after a blizzard on Mount Elbrus , Europe's highest peak, Russia ' s emergencies ministry said Friday. Thursday's incident struck when a group of 19 climbers was at an altitude of over 5,000 meters. Elbrus , located in Russia ' s North Caucasus, is the highest mountain in Europe at 5,642 The company that organized the climb said there were four professional guides accompanying the climbers . During the ascent, one of the climbers felt unwell and turned back with one of the guides. She later died "in his arms," it said. The rest of the group continued to the summit but an

Five climbers died after a blizzard on Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest peak, Russia's emergencies ministry said Friday. 

Thursday's incident struck when a group of 19 climbers were at an altitude of over 5,000 metres (16,000 feet). 

Elbrus, located in Russia's North Caucasus, is the highest mountain Europe at 5,642 metres (18,510 feet). 

A Russian Emergencies Ministry photo shows rescuers on Mount Elbrus after a group of climbers was struck by severe weather conditions while at an altitude of over 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) © Handout A Russian Emergencies Ministry photo shows rescuers on Mount Elbrus after a group of climbers was struck by severe weather conditions while at an altitude of over 5,000 metres (16,000 feet)

"Unfortunately, five people died," the emergencies ministry said.

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The number of mountaineers who formed the group that earlier sent out an SOS signal from Russia ’ s Mount Elbrus but died before rescuers could get to them rose to five , head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s regional branch Mikhail Nadyozhin told TASS. The official also added that 14 people were brought down from the mountain and received medical attention. The mountaineer group called out for help at the altitude of 5,400 meters on Mount Elbrus on September 23 due to very harsh weather conditions.

One of the climbers of the group who had previously requested the help of rescuers on Elbrus due to worsening weather conditions died . It is reported by RIA News with reference to the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation for Kabardino-Balkaria. Earlier it was reported that a group of 23 climbers requested the help of rescuers due to worsening weather conditions while climbing Elbrus . According to preliminary information, one person sustained a leg injury. The search for the missing is being carried out at an altitude of over 5 thousand

The remaining 14 were taken down to the Azau valley below and the rescue was carried out in "the most difficult conditions" with strong winds, low visibility and sub-zero temperatures, it said.

The company which organised the climb said there were four professional guides accompanying the climbers. 

During the ascent, one of the climbers felt unwell and turned back with one of the guides. She later died "in his arms," it said. 

The rest of the group continued to the summit but an "unprecedented storm" struck on their way down. 

One of the climbers broke a leg, further slowing down the group.

Two climbers froze to death and two others lost consciousness and died as they were brought down, the company said.

The guides and some of the participants have been hospitalised with frostbite.

While the ascent is not considered technically difficult, dozens of climbers die every year during summit attempts. 

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