Climber Killed in 1,000-Foot Fall While Descending the Matterhorn at 3am

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Matterhorn. Credit: Samuel Ferrara | Unsplash

A 24-year old climber has been killed while descending the iconic Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. He was hit by a falling rock and died instantly when he was thrown 1,000-feet down the mountain. Two other climbers in the group were unhurt.

The British victim, who has not yet been named, was out on the Hörnli ridge at an altitude of 11,100-feet on Monday morning. The tragic accident happened at around 2.40 am, but police say they don’t know why he had been scaling the peak at that hour. The other members of the party alerted rescuers who dispatched a helicopter but the man had died before crews arrived.

Valais cantonal police said the public prosecutor has opened an investigation into the tragedy.


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