ROME (July 15, 2012)--Two more climbers have died on Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain.
An Italian Alpine rescue team official said the bodies of a Polish woman and Spanish man were found 14,436 feet up on the Dome du Gouter peak on the Italian-French border Saturday night in the snow hole in which the two had spent more than 24 hours.
Rescue services said the man and woman were climbing with two Spaniards when they were caught in bad weather Friday night.
The Spaniards managed to reach the Gouter mountain refuge earlier Saturday and alerted authorities, who sent help.
A massive avalanche on one of Mont Blanc's most popular routes, Mont Maudit, killed nine climbers and injured 14 others on Thursday.