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Canadian climber killed by ice chunks

March 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM

MONTREAL, March 21 (UPI) -- Chunks of ice fell from a Canadian mountainside, killing one climber and injuring a second as they were getting ready for an ascent, authorities said.

The man who died in the Saturday accident on Montagne du Coq in western Quebec was identified as David Letendre, 28, of Montreal, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The man who was hurt, also in his 20s, was hospitalized in stable condition.

Quebec provincial police said the pair were among four men getting their climbing equipment ready when several large chunks of ice came crashing down, the CBC said.

Suurete du Quebec representative Martine Isabelle said the difficult terrain made it difficult for rescuers to reach the victims.

"They had to use snowmobiles and [all-terrain vehicles] to go to the mountain," Isabelle said. "It was a few hundred meters from the road."

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