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  • 13 August 2014, 15:54

Baby Born In Austrian Alps Meadow At 7,400ft

A doctor, gynaecologist and mountain rescuers were forced to climb 2,500m (8,200ft) above sea level to help a woman give birth in the Austrian Alps.

The 30-year-old mother went into labour in a mountain hut in Tyrol on Tuesday morning.

However, due to bad weather conditions she could not be moved by helicopter.

Instead, the medics and rescuers had to make their way up 8,200ft of mountain terrain - almost twice the height of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands which stands at 4,409ft above sea level - to aid the mother.

"The team managed to bring her down to 2,250m (7,381ft) where the baby was delivered in a meadow," a police spokesman said.

"The weather then cleared and a helicopter was able to take them to hospital," he added.

Elsewhere, five climbers have died and a sixth has been found unconscious on France's Mont Blanc - Europe's tallest mountain.

They disappeared overnight while trying to reach the Aiguille d'Argentiere, a major peak, which stands at around 3,900 metres (12,800ft).

The bodies of the deceased were recovered on Wednesday as rescue teams attempted to reach the lone survivor who was spotted at the foot of a crevasse.

 

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