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Ukrainian Climber Dies In Attempt To Scale Mont Blanc

Climbers hike near the Dent du Géant (Giant's Tooth) in the Mont Blanc massif. (file photo)

A 42-year-old climber from Ukraine has died on Mont Blanc in the Alps during an attempt to scale Western Europe's highest peak, rescue teams say.

Officials on August 19 said the man had become trapped in a storm on the 4,810-meter mountain on the French-Italian border.

His identity was not immediately released.

The mountain unit of the gendarmerie in nearby Chamonix, France, said the man had “lost track of where he was” and sent out a distress message on the night of August 18.

"But it was impossible to launch a rescue operation because the mountain was in the middle of major storm," the gendarmerie said.

After the weather improved early on August 19, a search helicopter found the man’s body at about the 4,000-meter level.

Several fatalities have been reported in recent weeks of people attempting to scale Mont Blanc.

On August 18, French authorities said the body of a 46-year-old Frenchman attempting to climb Mont Blanc was found after he fell into a crevasse.

Based on reporting by AFP, Ouest France, and