Police investigating the deaths of five German climbers in the Alps say their initial inquiries suggest the group were not roped together. The leader of the rescue team had said they were.
The five plunged several hundred metres on their way down from the 4,000-metre Lagginhorn. Two of the dead were teenagers.
A sixth man who did not climb the summit and was rescued was the father of two of the victims.
“It’s possible to do this hike as a family with children provided they have the knowledge, the capacity and the experience. Germans go hiking alone perhaps more often than others. Do they always have proper training, proper knowledge? It’s for them to judge, but to be accompanied by a guide is a good thing,” said Pierre Mathey from a
Swiss mountain guide association.
Investigators do not know what caused the group to fall. Fog prevented
Teenagers among German climbing victims in Swiss Alps