The French Defence Ministry announced on 25 January that a sixth legionnaire has died of injuries sustained in the avalanche that killed five of his colleagues in the French Alps on 18 January.
Legionnaire 1st Class David Hetenyi, 23, was born in Hungary.
The five others who died were Legionnaires Denis Halili, Lal Bahadur Khapangi and Gheroghe Palade, Legionnaire 1st Class Samuel Simi and Corporal Touré Lamarana.
Five soldiers from the French Foreign Legion 2nd Regiment of Engineers Saint-Christol died in an avalanche on 18 January in the French Alps during a training session. The five, part of a group of 52 undergoing a three-week mountain combat training session, were all experienced mountain climbers and skiers. They were on a route that had been reconnoitred a few hours previously by two instructors. They were all equipped with avalanche safety gear. It is believed that wind sheer was responsible for shifting the plaque of snow about 100m from the mountain’s summit.
Nine others were injured in the accident, two of the them seriously.
The Saint-Christol regiment is specialised in supporting the Alpine Infantry. Founded in 1999 it is the youngest of the Foreign Legion regiments and is part of the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade.