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French Climber Dies Of Injuries From Fall

Wed., March 12, 1997

Alain Esteve, a Frenchman who set a series of mountain-climbing records, has died of his injuries after falling from a frozen waterfall in southern Norway. He was 45.

Esteve, head of France’s renowned Mont Blanc mountain rescue team, died late Monday, Oslo’s Ulleval Hospital announced Tuesday through the Norwegian news agency NTB.

He was severely injured March 5 when he fell from a 150-foot frozen waterfall near Hemsedal, 80 miles northwest of Oslo.

At least two ice screws he used to secure his safety rope tore free in the fall and he plunged as much as 100 feet before hitting the mountain wall, NTB said. He sustained serious head and chest injuries, as well as multiple fractures.

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