Five Climbers Die in Swiss Alps Fall

Team was roped together

Caty Enders

Five foreign climbers are reported to have fallen to their deaths after summiting the Lagginhorn in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday. An unidentified team of climbers was descending the 13,155-foot mountain when they inexplicably plunged several hundred meters. A sixth member of the group, who had not made the summit, saw the accident and was able to alert authorities. Police have said that all five were roped together and died at the scene. It is unclear what caused the incident, as the weather was good and the Lagginhorn is known as one of the less technical peaks in the Pennine Alps. Officials would not identify the climbers, whose families had yet to be contacted.

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