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Three mountain climbers die on Mexico’s highest peak, Pico de Orizaba

Citlaltépetl, Puebla — Three mountain climbers have died with another being injured after tackling the Pico de Orizaba volcano.

The victims were located in Citlaltépetl nearly 5,600 meters above sea level on the Pico de Orizaba volcano, the highest mountain in Mexico. Two of the deceased, who were climbing with a group of 15, died after falling more than 400 meters from the mountain.

The Directorate of Civil Protection of the State of Puebla reported that two of the victims fell on the south side of the mountain, while the third died on the north side in a separate accident.

Hilario Aguilar, a rescuer climber from Alpine Rescue in Ciudad Serdán, Puebla was one of the men who climbed the mountain to locate the climbers. He says rescue efforts were hampered due to adverse weather conditions in the upper part of Orizaba Peak where there are strong winds and falling snow.

The bodies of two of the deceased have been recovered. One of the deceased, a 63-year-old man, has yet to be rescued due to strong winds and blinding snow.

Injured climber Jesús Miranda, 25, was rescued. He suffered several fractures and was taken to a hospital in Orizaba, Veracruz.

Civil Protection of the Puebla municipality of Tlachichuca and the Alpino Group of Mexico, led the search and rescue efforts of the two victims.

Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl, a stratovolcano, is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America after Denali of the United States and Mount Logan of Canada.