After more than 24 hours since a deadly earthquake triggered avalanche demolished a hotel in Italy there are no signs of life. Some 35 rescuers together with dogs were flown in by helicopter on Thursday morning to join Alpine police teams who had skied in overnight. The skiers only managed to arrive at 4.30 a.m. after making it through a blizzard.
Italian media said three bodies had been retrieved from the site, though rescue workers declined to comment on the reports. They did say they had yet to find any sign of life.
Snow drifts of up to five metres mean progress is slow for the snow ploughs on the mountain roads.
Antonio Crocetta, a member of the Alpine Rescue squad who was on the scene, said they had been digging and looking for people.
“The hotel is almost completely destroyed. We’ve called out but we’ve heard no replies, no voices,” he told Reuters.