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    mexico Frozen bodies found on Mexican peak may be long-buried avalanche victims

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...xican-mountain

    A Mexican mountain rescue team will make a second attempt on Friday to recover a pair of well-preserved bodies – possibly those of climbers buried in an avalanche more than half a century ago – that were discovered embedded in the ice on the slopes of a volcano.

    The first body was discovered when a climber attempting to ascend the 5,610-metre Pico de Orizaba, Mexico’s highest peak, slipped and spotted a mummified human head and arm protruding from the snow not far below the summit.
    The second body was uncovered close by when rescuers attempted to bring down the first for forensic tests.
    According to reports in the local media, the bodies may be those of two climbers from the central city of Puebla among a party of seven who disappeared in an avalanche 55 years ago.
    The two dessicated bodies were found still wearing scraps of clothes, which might help with identification. Since news first broke of the discovery, relatives of several missing climbers from as far away as Germany and Spain have contacted the Mexican authorities.
    Luis Espinoza, who was on the fatal expedition in 1959, told the newspaper El Universal that the avalanche had begun just as the party was preparing to cross a two-metre-wide crevasse a few hundred metres from the summit.
    All the climbers were sent tumbling, he said, but, when it was over, three of them were missing, among them the expedition’s guide, Enrique García. They had, the survivors believed, been pulled into the crevasse. “There was nothing we could do,” Espinoza said. “It was sad, just very, very sad.”
    Espinoza said he was sure that the first body found was García, who was nicknamed Calavera, or Skull. “He had protruding cheek bones, just like the head in the photograph,” he said.
    On Thursday 12 local mountain rescue team members left before dawn to try to recover the bodies, but were forced to abandon their efforts because of bad weather. “It was impossible to conduct the rescue this time. Fog prevented the work,” said Juan Navarro, mayor of the town of Chalchicomula de Sesma, near the mountain in central Puebla state.
    The mountain, also known as the Citlaltépetl volcano, is the world’s second-highest volcano after Mount Kilimanjaro, and is popular among climbers.
    There have been several instances of bodies turning up in glaciers decades after a person disappeared. Freezing or desiccation sometimes preserves bodies in a state similar to mummification.

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    Two mummified bodies found of climbers who disappeared on Mexico's highest peak 55 years ago

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...years-ago.html

    Two mummified bodies found of climbers who disappeared on Mexico's highest peak 55 years ago

    A team of Mexican climbers searching for a frozen body on the country's highest mountain stumbled onto a second mummified cadaver during their expedition on Thursday.

    The 12 local civil protection mountaineers had embarked on their mission after climbers reported seeing a frozen skull 1,000ft from the peak of the 18,000ft Pico de Orizaba on Monday.

    The second body was found 400ft away, and it was also frozen and mummified, said Juan Navarro, mayor of the town of Chalchicomula de Sesma, near the mountain in central Puebla state.

    "It was impossible to conduct the rescue this time. Fog prevented the work," Navarro told AFP, adding that only two of the climbers were able to reach the location of the bodies.

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