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Rescue workers stand next to a police helicopter in Krimml in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. The Austrian Red Cross said five mountain climbers died Sunday in the Austrian Alps in Wildgerlostal on Mount Gabler, east of Innsbruck, and a sixth climber was severely injured, the Austrian news agency APA reported. (AP Photo/Franz Brinek)

8 mountain climbers died in 3 different accidents in Alps


Eight mountain climbers died over the weekend in three different accidents in the Austrian and Italian Alps.

The Austrian Red Cross said five of the climbers died and one was severely injured in the Austrian Alps in Wildgerlostal on Mount Gabler. The six were reportedly roped together when they fell about 6,562 feet in a remote area of the mountain.

The only survivor was airlifted to a hospital in Salzburg and remains in stable condition, public broadcaster ORF reported.

So far, neither the names nor the nationalities of the climbers have been released.

Three Italian mountain climbers also died over the weekend.

The Italian news agency ANSA said two climbers died after falling into a crevasse in the Italian Alps. They were part of nine mountaineers roped together while climbing on a glacier in the Ademello Brenta Park near Trento. One of the two climbers was rescued, but later died of their injuries. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fall.

On Saturday, another Italian climber died after being hit by boulders in the Valtellina Alpine area, which is near the border with Switzerland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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