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Friday, August 20, 2010

SAVED BY TEXT MESSAGE

Two Englishmen who were climbing Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe and also one of Europe's most popular mountaineering destination, were rescued after texting a friend in London, who in turn informed the matter to authorities nearby. The prompt rescue operation launched helped to save the two who were facing certain death in the raging storm.

The pair are believed to have got into difficulty at 3,500 metres after a storm broke on the mountain on August 18 afternoon.
 
British climbers saved by text from Mont Blanc
The climbers were stranded at Aiguille Noire de Peuterey - which translates as 'black needle' Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES
 


Authorities made several attempts to rescue them but failed because of the storm. They were eventually picked up by an Italian helicopter and taken to nearby Courmayeur, at the foot of Mont Blanc.
It has been reported that the climbers were stranded at a point called Aiguille Noire de Peuterey - which translates as "black needle". 



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