Two Lithuanian climbers, stranded for three days and three nights at 12,795 feet near the summit of Les Droites on Mont Blanc massif in Chamonix, France, are confirmed dead, according to reports.
The two had been pinned down by winds up to 75 mph, temperatures of minus-22 and constant snow, preventing a rescue team from reaching them at their shelter 492 feet below the summit.
On Friday morning at 6, the PGHM (rescue team) received a text saying that the other climber had succumbed to the cold, according to EpicTV.
On Saturday, another text was sent from the surviving climber, saying he had dug a snow hole and was safe but had run out of gas for his stove, Chamonet.com reported.
A rescue helicopter was sent to the area on Sunday morning, but high winds prevented a rescue attempt. The helicopter was sent again Sunday afternoon, but by then it was too late.
From Epic TV:
Unfortunately the visual sighting of the last climber confirmed that he had left the snow hole and had somehow fallen, hanging from the end of the rope. They are unsure of what exactly happened and are waiting for the current weather system to settle down before retrieving the bodies from the couloir.
On Friday in a separate incident, PGHM rescued one climber suffering from hypothermia and frostbite on the Argentiere glacier while his climbing partner managed to return to Chamonix on his skis.
Wikimedia Commons photo shows Les Droites (shown as second highest peak) in the Mont Blanc massif in Chamonix, France.