Four people have frozen to death in the Swiss Alps after a hiking group was stranded outdoors overnight.
Rescuers found a total of 14 people, some of whom had hypothermia.
Another had probably died as a result of a fall.
Five remain in a serious condition, according to police.
The casualties were taken by helicopter to hospitals in the area but three more died, the statement said.
The hikers were Italian, French and German.
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