Eight Of The Nine Climbers Killed In Avalanche Identified

KATMANDU, Nepal (September 24, 2012)--Nepal's Tourism Ministry Monday identified eight of the nine climbers killed in an avalanche that hit them before dawn Sunday while they slept in their tents high on Mount Manaslu, the world's eighth tallest peak.

Four of those identified were French, and the others were from Germany, Italy, Nepal and Spain.

Rescue workers, meanwhile, continued their search Monday for the climbers lost in the avalanche, which hit a camp where more than two-dozen climbers were bivouacked.

Climbers Identified Monday

MARTI GASULL, 43, Spain: Founded and led the Barcelona-based Plataforma per la Llengua (Platform for the Language in Catalan) group that promotes and defends the Catalan language and culture of his native region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, where many citizens want greater autonomy from Spain or outright independence. His group described Gasull as an independence supporter and an experienced mountaineer. He was born in Barcelona, Spain's second largest city, and is survived by his parents and a younger brother.

FABRICE PRIEZ, France: Mountain guide based in Chamonix in the French Alps, supervised activities in Chamonix for the UCPA national sport vacation organization.

CATHERINE MARIE ANDREE RICARD, France: Lived in Chamonix in the French Alps, described by French media as a climber.

LUDOVIC PAUL NICHOLAS CHALLEAT, France: Mountain guide originally from Lyon who most recently lived in Chamonix in the French Alps. He recently posted videos online from climbing and skiing expeditions from Greenland to the Himalayas.





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