DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – The body of a Canadian climber has been recovered from a southwest Colorado mountain after he fell to his death in a rain and hail storm.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Department says a helicopter crew retrieved the body of 45-year-old Martin Pigeon of Acton-Vale, Quebec, on Tuesday.

Authorities say Pigeon fell about 230 feet on the 14,082-foot Windom Peak on Sunday. He and his climbing partner, Yves Marcoux, also from Quebec, were descending the mountain but had become separated in the storm at about 4 p.m.

When Yves reached their camp, Pigeon was not there. Yves found Pigeon’s body at the base of a cliff at about 8:30 p.m.

Other climbers had contacted authorities by a satellite texting device.

Bad weather prevented the recovery of Pigeon’s body until Tuesday morning.

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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story The Associated Press, relying on information from the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department, erroneously reported the name of a second climber who was not injured. His name is Yves Marcoux, not Marcoux Yves.


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