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Two German climbers die in Swiss peak fall

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Two German mountaineers have fallen to their deaths while climbing one of the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps, the Dent Blanche, police said on Sunday.

A rescue helicopter was sent after police were alerted by other climbers but officers could “only note the death of the two men,” police from the south-west canton of Valais said in a statement.

“For now, the circumstances of the accident are still undetermined. An investigation has been opened by the public prosecutor’s office,” the statement added.

The two climbers fell between a rocky point called “the grande gendarme” and the summit, which rises to 4,357 meters (14,294 feet).

Formal identification of the victims is in progress, officers said.