La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivian officials say searchers have recovered the body of a German who was buried by an avalanche over the weekend while climbing in a snowfield near the capital of La Paz.

The fire department’s rescue brigade says the body of Martin Ariel Freiman was found Tuesday about 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) up the Illimani, which is the second highest mountain in Bolivia at 6,438 meters (21,120 feet).

Brigade commander Jorge Ramirez says Freiman was climbing with a Bolivian guide in a heavy snow Sunday when they were hit by an avalanche. He says the guide was rescued.

Climbing and avalanches

Many climbers have sadly been killed by avalanches over the years. Most have been killed by trauma after falling and not by asphyxiation.

Recent accidents

A male climber died on Mt. Tsurugi in Japan in an avalanche on 30th April 2017.