Sector of Grands Mulets Hut: two dead in a serac avalanche


On Wednesday 19 April 2023, a new avalanche took place, early in the morning, in the Mont-Blanc massif. A serac fall in the area of ​​the Grands Mulets Hut where two people lost their lives.

Le refuge des Grands Mulets est entouré de nombreux séracs, en amont et en aval.  Photo Le DL/ Antoine Chandelier
Refuge des Grands Mulets


According to the Dauphine, around 4:30 am, mountaineers were surprised by an avalanche. Large blocks of ice broke off from the Dôme du Goûter and triggered a flow that reached the Mont Blanc ascent route by crossing the sector of the small and large plateau.


Thursday 20 April - The victims are a couple of German nationals

The civil security helicopter was engaged around 5:30 am on Wednesday 19 April, with rescuers from the Chamonix PGHM. The aerial search made it possible to extract, on the terminal portion of the heap of ice and snow, two completely buried people, at respectively 1 meter and 1.5 meters deep. They were German nationals aged 53 and 54 years old, a married couple, found thanks to their avalanche victim detector.

According to the first testimonies of the tragedy, they were the most advanced in the ascent of Mont Blanc. The PGHM and the civil security helicopter evacuated all the mountaineers.

10:49 am -  Rescue operations in the Mont-Blanc Massif are over

The final death toll : 2 people lost their lives. 
1 person is slightly injured and 4 people are unscathed

09:15 am - Prefect announces a provisional death toll: 2 people died and 1 is slightly injured

This morning, about fifteen people had left the refuge to set off for the roof of Europe. The provisional report shows two people dead and one is slightly injured. The identity of the victims is still unknown, but they could be German nationals.

Source: @Le Dauphine ,

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