Five climbers have died in an accident in the Swiss Alps near the Italian border, according to news service reports.
The mountaineers successfully reached the 13,155-foot high Lagginhorn summit on Tuesday but plunged several hundred yards to their deaths after beginning their descent, said police in the southern Valais region of Switzerland.
A sixth member of the group, who had stopped before reaching the summit, alerted rescue authorities about the fall, but the five climbers had already died.
Details and the cause of the accident were not immediately available. The victims were not identified, but Swiss police said they were all foreign nationals
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