Aug 28 2013
A British soldier has died while climbing in the Italian Alps, it was reported.
The 30-year-old fell 1,000 metres (3,280ft) from a precipice on Mont Blanc, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
He reportedly began his ascent on the French side of the mountain but fell on the Italian side.
His body was transported to the town of Courmayeur.
Italian police confirmed a climber died at 8am on Wednesday morning.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "We are aware of reports of an incident involving a British national in Italy and we are urgently looking into them.
"We stand ready to provide consular assistance."
According to Ansa the victim lost his rucksack during the fall.
It was reported that the man was climbing with a partner, who was unharmed.