Four Skiers Killed In Avalanche at Tignes Ski Resort (5 Skiers Still Missing)

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Four Skiers Killed In Avalanche at Tignes Ski Resort (5 Skiers Still Missing)

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Four Skiers Killed In Avalanche at Tignes Ski Resort (5 Skiers Still Missing)

“Two skiers who were initially pulled out alive died shortly after being rescued, police said. The number of dead is expected to rise.”

A group of nine skiers including a guide were struck by an avalanche around 11am local time while skiing off-piste at the ski resort of Tignes in the French Alps. 4 of the skiers have been prounounced dead, while the other 5 are still buried.

The BBC is reporting the avalanche was 1,300ft wide and happened at an elevation of 6889ft. The avalanche appeared to have been triggered by a group of skiers higher up, the ski station said in a statement. The avalanche struck at a particularly busy time for the resort during half-term holidays.

Rescuers have deployed two helicopters as well as avalanche dogs to help search for the remaining skiers.

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[images fromThe BBC Radio Val d’Isère]

 

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