A 48-year-old Spanish climber "from the Barcelona region" died on the weekend in a fall in the French Pyrenees while he was climbing along a route near the international border on the mountain known as Pic d'Estats, the French Gendarmerie, or militarized police, reported Sunday.

The accident occurred when the mountaineer was descending along a ridge from Pic d'Estats, which rises to more than 3,000 meters (some 9,800 feet) on the border of Spain, France and Andorra, a Mountain Gendarmerie spokesman said.

The man fell from the ridge, at an altitude of some 2,900 meters (9,500 feet), some 200 meters (650 feet) and his body ended up in a snow-covered area, the spokesman said.

An eyewitness to the tragedy informed the Catalan rescue services, who - when they determined that the body has come to rest in France - informed their French counterparts, who proceeded to the site to recover it.

The as yet publicly unidentified man's body was taken by Gendarmerie helicopter to a morgue, where it will remain until procedures to return it to Spain are completed. EFE