06/26/2011 04:05 pm ET Updated Aug 26, 2011

British Hiker Finds Six Bodies At Neige Cordier Summit Of French Alps

A British hiker traveling through the French Alps discovered six bodies on Sunday, according to officials.

The corpses were found at a very steep section of the Neige Cordier summit at roughly 8,850 feet. They were soon transported by helicopter to the nearby town of Villar d'Aren, village mayor Xavier Cret told the AFP.

"The victims were climbing roped together in two groups. It looks like there was a slide of snow and stones mixed together," Cret said, adding that the six mountaineers likely died on Saturday after falling around 650 feet.

According to CNN, a French police report indicated that the hikers "could have been victims of a broken snow bridge, a fall or an avalanche," and that "all hypotheses are possible."

Local rescue police said that the British hiker discovered the bodies as he was traveling upon the same route they had taken the one day prior.