Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fatal accident in Corsica. A sixth victim discovered on the GR 20 – Ouest-France

This was announced on the public prosecutor in Bastia, Nicolas Bessone

The gendarmes, who had resumed the search in the morning, discovered the body of a Man “in a high state of decomposition” and it is probably one of the two missing in the accident caused by a landslide, said Nicolas Bessone to the press.

Bones were also found near the body of the military high mountain Gendarmerie Platoon (PGHM).

DNA Samples

The corpse was taken to the morgue of the Bastia hospital for autopsy and suffer DNA samples for the identification of the victim. The bones will also be analyzed.

The two sought were missing two French nationality men from Montpellier and Nancy. The result of this accident on the GR20, the worst in thirty years, now stands at six dead and one missing.

The police had suspended the search until the last melting snowfields in the circus I Cascittoni (the Bass drums), where the accident took place in the afternoon -Midi of June 10, during a violent storm.

The most technical passage of the GR 20

This passage at about 2000 meters above sea level, called “Circus of Solitude” in guidebooks French, is the most technical and difficult the GR 20, which experts describe as the most difficult hiking trail in Europe.

The bodies of the first four victims, three French and one Belgian, were found shortly after the accident, at major search operations conducted by the PGHM and Group Mountain of Fire Department Haute-Corse (GMSP / 2B).

difficult and dangerous Issued by bad weather, they had to be interrupted several times. A fifth body, that of a sexagenarian native of the Paris region, was discovered June 18

closed to hikers until late summer

The research is now concentrated in the canyon I Cascittoni the circus that was closed to hikers until late summer. An alternative route, longer but less technical, was opened by the Regional Natural Park of Corsica.

A judicial investigation was opened into the circumstances of the accident.

The result of this accident on the GR20, the worst in thirty years, now stands at six dead and one missing.


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