British climber, 24, dies 11,000 m above the Swiss Matterhorn after being hit by a falling rock

British climber, 24, dies 11,000 feet of the Swiss Matterhorn after being hit by a falling rock during a nightly descent

  • He came down the mountain at 2:40 on Monday morning
  • Chunks of the cliff suddenly started to crumble and hit the British man
  • His two co-climbers called a helicopter to the ridge, but the man died immediately

A British climber killed 11,000 feet of the Matterhorn after being hit by a falling rock that knocked him off the mountain.

The unnamed 24-year-old descended the summit of the Swiss Alps with two other climbers on the pitch-black 2.40am as the debris crumbled off the rock face.

A helicopter scrambled to the Hörnli ridge, but the Brit died immediately.

A British climber killed 11,000 feet of the Matterhorn (photo) after being hit by a falling rock that knocked him off the mountain

A British climber killed 11,000 feet of the Matterhorn (photo) after being hit by a falling rock that knocked him off the mountain

The local police said the prosecutor has opened an investigation into the tragedy.

Valais spokesperson, Steve Leger, said he had no details about why the climbers had reduced the peak at that hour.

The Matterhorn, which stretches across Switzerland and Italy, has a pyramidal shape with four faces that almost overlook the four compass points.

The Matterhorn, which stretches across Switzerland and Italy, has a pyramidal shape with four faces that almost overlook the four compass points

The Matterhorn, which stretches across Switzerland and Italy, has a pyramidal shape with four faces that almost overlook the four compass points

The Matterhorn, which stretches across Switzerland and Italy, has a pyramidal shape with four faces that almost overlook the four compass points

The striking silhouette and the 1.4692 meter top make it one of the most iconic sights in the country.

The devastating news came when bodies were spotted in the area where four British climbers were missing in the Himalayas.

Martin Moran, 64, John McLaren, 60, Rupert Whewell, 49, and Dr. Richard Payne, 40 dropped off the card after an avalanche on Friday.

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