9 dead, 2 missing in Mont Blanc summer avalanche

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Gendarmes pull a victim of the avalanche at Chamonix rescue base, French Alps, Thursday, July, 12, 2012. An avalanche in the French Alps swept six European climbers to their deaths on a slope leading to Mont Blanc, and left at least nine others injured and several climbers unaccounted for, authorities said. Two climbers were rescued and emergency crews are searching for the missing. A group of 28 climbers from Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark and Serbia are believed to be in the expedition caught in the avalanche that was 4,000 meters (13,1000 feet) high on the north face of Mont Maudit, part of the Mont Blanc range. (AP Photo)