Tuesday, March 07, 2017

'Many' skiers engulfed as avalanche hits ski resort in French Alps

An avalanche has hit a ski slope in the popular French Alps resort of Tignes, engulfing "many" skiers, according to police.

Rescue workers and sniffer dogs are being deployed and staff at the sprawling resort are being mobilised, an AFP journalist said at the scene.

"According to witnesses there are many people under the avalanche," a police spokesman told AFP.

Local newspaper Le Dauphine said several people were buried by the avalanche, which hit a busy ski slope.

Poor visibility is so far preventing the deployment of helicopters.

The avalanche risk today, normally assessed only for off-piste and closed slopes, was at four on a scale of five. At level five, all slopes are closed.

An avalanche killed four people who were exploring an off-piste section in the same area on February 13.

1 comment:

  1. No one has been hurt in an avalanche that struck the French ski resort of Tignes, reports say...

    Early reports quoted police as saying the avalanche buried several skiers.

    Bad weather had hampered the rescue operation but it has now concluded without finding any casualties, according to the latest reports.

    The avalanche risk at Tignes was said to be four on a scale of five, and part of the resort had been closed to skiers.


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