Tragic Weekend in Europe as Multiple Avalanches Kill Five People

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A father and his 11-year-old daughter were killed in an avalanche Sunday while skiing in the French Alps, where crews seen above searched for victims of another avalanche last week. Credit: Sylvain Muscio/Photopqr/Le Dauphine

The terrible news from Europe continues, following a tragic weekend in the Alps. There were many reports of injuries caused by avalanches right across Europe, with five people killed in the French and Italian Alps, reports wepowder.

Father and daughter killed by an avalanche in Val d’Isère, France

A 44-year old father and his 11-year old daughter died in an avalanche on Sunday. The father and daughter from Paris were skiing on a closed slope. The accident happened on the Combe du Géant on the Pisaillas glacier, one of the two glaciers in the ski area of Tignes – Val d’Isère. The slope had been closed due to the avalanche risk.

Tour skier dies due to the collapse of a cornice

A 29-year old tour skier died due to the collapse of a cornice close to the resort of La Clusaz, France. The accident occurred at the summit of the 8146ft (2483m) high L’Etale. The snow took him over a rock band and covered him completely. Mountain rescue attempted to resuscitate him, but unfortunately, weren’t successful.

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One avalanche struck the region of Valais, which borders France and Italy. Credit: ALAMY

Several avalanches in Wallis, Switzerland

Two people were hit by an avalanche in the Finhaut region in the French-speaking part of Lower Valais in the late afternoon. They taken to the nearest hospital after a successful rescue. The canton police of Wallis reported a total of three avalanches with four injures over the weekend.

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Mt. Grignetta, Italy. Credit: silvestrosciamanna.com

Two members of mountain rescue died in Lombardy, Italy

Two members of an Italian mountain rescue team died in an avalanche in northern Lombardy on Friday afternoon. The victims’ bodies were recovered from Mt. Grignetta north of Lecco in the country’s Lombardia region, north of Milan near Lake Como. A helicopter ambulance, mountain-rescue teams and police were dispatched to the scene amid unconfirmed reports that another man is missing.

Airbag saves women in Triebental, Austria

During a ski tour in Triebental (near Hohentauern), a married couple remained unhurt after an avalanche broke loose in a couloir. The woman was able to release her airbag and was very lucky to be taken only a few meters and be only covered by snow dust.


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