Two British climbers, who went missing on Thursday, have been found dead on the Matterhorn, according to Italian rescue workers.
The bodies of two British climbers who went missing on Thursday have been found on the Matterhorn, Italian rescue workers have said.
They said both bodies were found in a ravine at an altitude of 4,000m.
A search and rescue effort began late on Thursday, but emergency services were hampered by bad weather on Friday.
It is believed that the pair, who have not been named, were surprised by unseasonably cold weather, and reports suggest one was wearing light clothing.
“We have had a rapid change in the weather,” a member of the Italian mountain rescue said, adding “On Thursday afternoon and overnight into Friday we had a lot of storms with snows in the high altitudes.”
The Matterhorn straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy and the Britons had been ascending the rocky Cresta del Leone ridge on its southern side, the standard route up for climbers.