Five die in French Alps in series of extreme sports accidents

Two climbers, a paraglider, a hanglider and a wingsuit jumper all lost their lives in spate of tragedies over two days in France

Five people have died in a deadly weekend for extreme sports in the French Alps that claimed the lives of two climbers, a paraglider, a hanglider and a wingsuit jumper.

On Sunday afternoon, rescuers found a paragliders body on rocks in the Haute-Savoie region on the Swiss border, security forces said.

The man had plunged to his death from the Buclon mountain, which is 2,072m (6,799ft) high.

Earlier on Sunday, two French climbers a 34-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman died further south, after falling 50m (165ft) down La Meije mountain.

On Saturday, a 32-year-old man also died after diving off the Dent dArclusaz mountain in a wingsuit. Another wingsuit jumper had died in exactly the same spot three years earlier.

Earlier in the day, a hang-gliding instructor, 49, died after plunging out of his two-seater near Lake Annecy.

His shocked student, who was not harmed in the incident, managed to land and alert the emergency services.

Rescuers were unable to resuscitate the victim, however.

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