Man snaps last smiling selfie for his parents seconds before being killed

A young mountaineer took this grinning selfie and sent it to his family moments before he was killed in an avalanche.

The deadly ice, snow and rock slide was triggered by the collapse of a glacier on Marmolada, a mountain in north-eastern Italy, on July 3.

The disaster left seven dead and 13 still missing, according to the latest information.

Isola Vicentina mayor Francesco Gonzo reported on Monday that the body of mountaineer Filippo Bari, 27, had been found.

The last selfie of Filippo Bari. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
The 27-year-old snapped this selfie for his family. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

His brother, Andrea, and parents, Emanuela and Giuseppe, revealed he had sent them a smiling selfie taken on the mountainside just moments before disaster struck.

"Look where I am!" Filippo wrote.

Immediately after sending it, the climber went silent.

In the photo, Filippo is seen wearing a climbing helmet and sunglasses as he poses for the shot with a wide grin.

Behind is the mountain slope and a glacier.

At the time of the avalanche, Filippo was climbing Marmolada, which at 3343 metres is the highest mountain in the Dolomites mountain range, with a group of friends.

Marmolada glacier where seven people died after avalanche of ice and rock overwhelmed them. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
Hopes of finding survivors are fading almost a week after the disaster. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

He lived in Malo, Vicenza province, with his partner, Jelena, and four-year-old son, Filippo. He worked in a hardware store in Isola Vicentina.

He had been planning on conquering Monte Rosa, which straddles Italy and Switzerland, this week.

"Filippo was a great lover of the mountains and nature in general," Andrea Bari said of his brother.

"He had already done several high-altitude outings, always accompanied by experienced people and with all the necessary equipment."

Hopes of finding survivors are fading almost a week after the disaster, which has provoked renewed conversations about the perils of climate change.


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