LIMA – The bodies of the three Spanish mountaineers and their Peruvian guide killed by an avalanche in the Peruvian Andes were retrieved and transferred to the northern city of Huaraz, the capital city of Ancash, official sources reported on Monday.
The bodies were transported to the morgue of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Huaraz, a city located more than 400 kilometers north of Lima, by agents from the High Mountain Rescue Unit of the National Police of Peru (PNP) and by members of the Association of Peruvian Mountain Guides.
Local media identified the Spaniards as Adrian San Juan Pello, Sergi Porteros Perello and Gerard Borrul Regal, and the Peruvian as Ruben Dario Alva.
Spanish mountaineer Paolo Belmonte Calderon, aged 26, survived the accident and is in good health after receiving care in a Huaraz clinic on Sunday.
A spokesman for the High Mountain Rescue Unit of the PNP said that the group had conquered the 5000-meter high Nevado Mateo when the avalanche hit as they prepared to descend.
The Association of Peruvian Mountain Guides added in a statement that the avalanche, presumed to have occurred Sunday noon, dragged the bodies for approximately 200 meters.
A team from the Rescue Unit and the Mountain Guides Association located the bodies during Sunday night. The Peruvian guide was found alive but died minutes later due to his injuries.
Alva had 12 years of mountaineering experience, said Rafael Figueroa, president of the Association of Mountain Guides.
“The problem is that glaciers now have many alterations due to climatic changes. Before it was safer to climb, now there is a change that surprises mountain guides,” Figueroa told Peruvian media.