BREAKING: Three Spanish mountaineers and Peruvian guide die on Mateo

An expedition counting four Spanish climbers and their mountain guide from Huaraz (Rubén Dario Alva) was hit by surprise and got buried by an avalanche leaving only one sole survivor. The accident appeared to have taken place on Sunday early morning.

According to the National Police, the bodies of Adrin San Juan Pello, Sergi Porteros Perello and Garard Borrul Regal, have been located. Agents of Shilla’s fast help station alerted the disappearance of the climbers on Sunday at 5:30 pm, after they found Paolo Belmonte Calderón, 26, who reported that his companions were buried by the release of ice. The group of five were descending Mount Mateo, located at an altitude of 5,150 metres above sea-level at 82 kilometres from Huaraz. Belmonte Calderón was evacuated to the hospital in Carhuaz and then taken to a clinic in Huaraz due to his serious body injuries.

After the rescue call, twenty members of the High Mountain Rescue Unit of Caraz of the National Police and the Association of Mountain Guides of Peru moved to the area of the accident, where they found Dario Alva alive. The experienced mountain guide of 39  died shortly afterwards.

Meanwhile, the president of the Association of Mountain Guides of Peru (AGMP), Rafael Figueroa informed the local press that they have send 25 guides to set up with rescue tasks. Figueroa added that Peruvian guide Dario Alva was affiliated with his organisation and counted with more than 12 years of experience climbing mountains. He regretted the death of his companion and said that climate change and global warming have altered the consistency of glaciers and ice.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office is awaiting the transfer of the deceased climbers to the city of Carhuaz to initiate the proceedings in order for the authorities and relatives to begin repatriation proceedings.

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