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    The ice-capped, wind swept Eiger defied expert mountain rescuers yesterday (Monday) in their eleventh hour bid to rescue the three climbers trapped on its northern face.

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    The ice-capped, wind swept Eiger defied expert mountain rescuers yesterday (Monday) in their eleventh hour bid to rescue the three climbers trapped on its northern face.

    The only survivor of the party of four who started the ascent ten days ago, 29-year-old Italian, Claudio Corti, was brought safely to Interlaken yesterday.

    The body of his compatriot, Stefano Longhi, 44, was seen hanging from a ledge on the North Wall of the 13, 030 feet mountain, yesterday, and all hope of the other two, Germans, Guenther Nothdurft, 27, and Goetz Meier was abandoned.

    Even the final stages of Corti's rescue was frought with hazards. Fierce blizzards forced the rescue party to halt for the night and shelter in bivouac tents during their descent of the south-west ridge.

    The rescue operations were carried out by some of Europe's finest climbers. It was Germany's Aldred Hellparth who finally reached Corti on a ledge overlooking a dizzy drop. Lowered on a special steel cable he hoisted the Italian on his back, up to the peak and comparitive safety.

    Corti told his rescuers that Longhi had to be left behind on the original ascent, not because of unjury, but because he was too exhausted to continue. About 300 feet higher up, Corti himself fell and was injured. The two Germans left him all their bivouacking equipment and climbed straight up towards the summit.

    They had not been seen since.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA8ONAQ3VD2NQRJ4F9EOZ9ZWF2
    Media URN:
    VLVAA8ONAQ3VD2NQRJ4F9EOZ9ZWF2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/08/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:38:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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