Adventure tourism kills 5 at French Alps

Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016

La MeijeFatal adventure sports accidents in the French Alps have killed five people as reported by the French officials. As per the media reportage, the victims included a wingsuit jumper, a hang glider, a paraglider and two mountain climbers.



The deadly toll began when a man fell from his hang-glider in the town of Doussard, according to a police spokesman in Haute-Savoie, which is a department in eastern France on the border with Switzerland and Italy. The area is a popular hang-gliding destination.  In Hautes-Alpes, which is further south on the Italian border, another man was in a wingsuit when he died. The local media reported the victim to be 32-year-old man who died after diving off the Dent d’Arclusaz mountain which is the same spot where another wingsuit jumper had been killed three years earlier.



A 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, two climbers fell to their deaths from La Meije, a mountain in the Massif des Écrins range of the French Alps as reported by Hocde.



The story went on when a 26-year-old was killed in a paraglider crash in the town of Le Grand-Bornand, a ski resort in Haute-Savoie.



These French regions are popular amongst the adventure tourists and its spectacular mountainous terrain has always attracted outdoor thrill-seekers and winter sports buffs. It was in fact, home to the first Winter Olympics, at Chamonix, in 1924.

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