U.S. climbers in Peru found dead

Posted at 5:44 PM, Jul 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-28 17:44:40-04

Searchers have found the bodies of two U.S. mountaineers who perished on their way down from a glacier-capped Peruvian peak in mid-July.

Rescue coordinator Ted Alexander says a three-man team found the bodies of 29-year-old Gil Weiss and 32-year-old Ben Horne on Palcaraju in the Cordillera Blanca range on Saturday.

He says they died in a fall off a ridge after summiting the 20,000-foot west peak.

Alexander estimated the men fell nearly 1,000 feet.

He says it should not be too difficult to remove the bodies of Weiss, from Queens, N.Y., and Horne, of Annandale, Virginia, and that can hopefully be done on Sunday.