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2 more deaths on Mont Blanc; friends sought help

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ROME (AP) — Rescue crews in Italy and France say two more climbers have died on Mont Blanc in the Alps following the deaths of nine people last week in a massive avalanche.

A military official from the Alpine rescue team in Entreves, Italy, said Sunday that the bodies of a Polish woman and Spanish man were found 4,400 meters (14,436 feet) up on the Dome du Gouter, on the Italian-French border.

He said the two had been climbing with two Spaniards when they got caught in bad weather Friday night. On reaching a mountain refuge Saturday the two Spaniards alerted authorities who sent help for their friends.

The official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said an Italian rescue helicopter located the two Saturday night, but they were already dead.

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