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Briton, 22, dies after fall on Mt Olympus

A 22-year-old British climber suffered fatal injuries after a fall during an ascent of Mount Olympus in northern Greece, police in Pieria said yesterday. According to officers, Stephen Wright, from Gloucestershire in southwest England, had been climbing with a 21-year-old Greek friend at an altitude of 700 meters (2,300 feet) when he slipped and fell on the western slope of Zilnia, on Thursday evening. The serious head injuries he sustained in the fall led to his death during his transfer to the hospital, police said. A team of rescue crews reached the spot where Wright had fallen and retrieved his body early yesterday. Standing at 2,917 meters (9,570 feet), Mt Olympus, the mythological home of the ancient Greek gods, is the country’s highest mountain and a popular destination for climbers.