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Rescuers find body of second mountain climber

RESCUERS have found the body of the second of three missing United States climbers on Mount Gongga in southwest China's Sichuan Province yesterday.

The body, which has not been identified, was found at 10:23am in snow, 300 meters from the first body, said Lin Li, general secretary of Sichuan Mountaineering Association.

Lin said the body might be one of the climbing team's photographers, judging from his belongings.

The search for the third missing climber is continuing, but his chances of survival are slim. Americans Jonathan Copp, 35, Micah Dash, 32, and Wade Johnson, 25, disappeared after a series of avalanches on the mountain, Li Zhixin of the Chinese Mountaineering Association said on Sunday.

Copp's was the first body found - at 4,000 meters above sea level at 9:13am on Saturday, said Li.

The team of two climbers and two photographers planned to ascend the summit of Mount Gongga, also known as Mount Edgar, at 6,400 meters above sea level, on May 1 and had bought flight tickets for May 6, according to the plan they submitted to local government for their climbing registration.

One of the photographers returned early, but the others had failed to return on May 6. The search began last Wednesday, the day the association received the report.

Four US climbers have arrived at the mountain to join Chinese searchers.

Mount Gongga is the highest mountain in Sichuan and one of the seven highest mountains open to the public in China. Only 24 people have reached the summit and 22 have died on the mountain.



 

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