Four people lost their lives on Friday in two seperate avalanche tragedies in Europe. One incident occured in the Tirol region near St. Anton, and the other was in the backcountry in northern Italy near Valmalenco by the Swiss border.
In the St. Anton event, two people were killed in the second deadly avalanche to hit a region of the Austrian alps in just days. Officers said five people had been in the off-piste area near St Anton when the avalanche struck. The two bodies have been recovered but their gender and nationalities were not yet revealed, according to police. It comes two days after four Swiss mountain climbers were swept away by an avalanche in the same province on Wednesday.
Two of the skiers were caught, buried, and killed in the avalanche. The 3rd skier managed to escape unharmed and immediately alerted authorities. Rescuers responded to the scene by helicopter and began a search. One of the victims was found using an avalanche transceiver. The other was found by a search dog.